Gronk: A Monster’s Story Vol 1. Review (Graphic Novel)

Title: Gronk: A Monster’s Story Vol 1 | Author: Katie Cook | Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors | Pub. Date: 2015-3-3 | ISBN13: 9781632290885 | Genre: Children’s Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Comixology Unlimited

Gronk: A Monster’s Story Vol 1

Gronk is a monster… and not a very good one. 

Gronk tells the tale of a young monster who has turned her back on monsterdom (mostly because no one found her scary) and has become fascinated with humans. 

She moves in with her human friend Dale and her pets Kitty and Harli, a 160 lb. Newfoundland Dale wants to declare as a dependent to the IRS. 

Enjoy the first installment from this popular kids webcomic in a wonderful, full-color collection! – Goodreads

Gronk: A Monster’s Story Vol 1 Review

Gronk: A Monster’s Story caught my attention with the adorable cover. Reading the first page, which was just an information sheet on the characters, I was hooked. It reminded me a bit of Monster’s Inc, with the monster who just wasn’t really good at being a monster.

Gronk: A Monster’s Story is a cute book, with illustrations that are friendly and inviting. Kids can easily read it and see it as what it is on the surface. Adults can just as easily read it and substitute a toddler for Gronk for most of it, and it’s the same story. Just gives truth to the saying that kids are monsters, I guess? Soon Gronk assumes a more Garfield/adult type role, but it’s an almost seamless transition. It maintains a very light-hearted tone from beginning to end, and anyone who is into science fiction and fantasy series will find reasons to grin.

My favorite panels involved Gronk throwing a stuffed kitty and a tub of glitter at Dale and yelling “Expecto Patronum”. There was another adorable one of Gronk, Kitty, and eventually the Newfoundland investigating the imaginative possibilities of the box.

I loved the simple layout of the panels in Gronk: A Monster’s Story. The comic book strip style is infinitely easier to read than some of the chaos of other graphic novels. It made it a pleasure to read in more ways than one. I’ll definitely look into seeing if I can acquire another volume.


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