Title: Rumple Buttercup
Author: Matthew Gray Gubler
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
A charming and inspiring story about embracing your weird, written and illustrated by Criminal Minds actor/director, Matthew Gray Gubler.
Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.
He is weird.
Join him as he and Candy Corn Carl, his imaginary friend made of trash, learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.
I’m a massive fan of Matthew Gray Gubler. I love his art style and I especially love him on Criminal Minds, so when I saw he was publishing a book wayyyyy back in October, I immediately pre-ordered it. Some context, so you understand how serious that statement is: Rumple Buttercup was my first pre-order. Ever.
There’s absolutely nothing in Rumple Buttercup that isn’t precious. First of all, the character’s names are Rumple Buttercup and Candy Corn Carl. I mean, c’mon. What more do you want? The art was just like the right mix of unusual and charming. It was the real star of the show… I could have flipped through pages and pages of the illustrations for hours.
The story itself was really well done too. There was a clear and concise moral: everyone has their own shade of weird, so don’t bother being ashamed of yours. I really hope we get more books soon!