AWARDS

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2003 NATIONAL YOUTH
STORYTELLING PEGASUS AWARD
High School Award 
Winning Resources

WINNER 1999 INTERCOM
Silver Plaque
Special Achievement
Writing Award
(CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAL)

Silver Plaque Award

SELECT REVIEWS

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"It sounds like a cross between "The Reluctant Dragon" and "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight," with a game of Dungeons and Dragons thrown into the mix. Pike's imaginative narration harkens to a medieval storyteller, which REALLY makes this piece work."
"Pike is an amazing storyteller. His talent is incredibly flexible, giving a unique voice to every character in the story. This is no flat poetry reading: it's audio theater at its best."
“Who needs special effects? Pike plays the role of the Grumpuss, a big pussycat who has an erroneous reputation as an evil monster. He also plays the knight, the dwarf, and other such characters with all the skill of an Olivier”  [video]
"Pike's superb skill as a storyteller elevates the tale to a rare level.  The rich language and Pike's voice variations paint vivid pictures in the listener's mind . . . an outstanding choice for school and public library collections"  [audio]
"Themes of peace, compassion and courage echo through this story, but Pike's telling makes them wonderfully fun yet thought-provoking, and never heavy-handed . . . an outstanding choice for school and public library collections"  [video]
“It's something I'll want to show my own children.  I'm pretty sure they'd not only be happy they saw it, but they'd also be smarter and nicer people for the experience. What more can one ask for in a children's story?”  [video]
“The oral storytelling tradition flourishes in Grumpuss...the epic poem itself, which unwinds slowly, engages the wary listener, proving to be touching and suspenseful...easy for all to understand and, at times, downright Dr. Seussian.”  [video]
“This is classic British fantasy at its best.  Reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien, Pike's Grumpuss is poignantly true of both the foibles and the triumphs of humankind...quality family entertainment.”  [video]
“Fantastic . . .  a storyteller's dream suitable for all ages except the very young.  Get them if you can or persuade your local library to get copies.”  [audio and video] 
“Refreshing and charming . . . Grumpuss will be a sure fire hit for children . . . It's the kind of narrative poetry that will send your imagination on a sort of magical balloon ride.”
"Travis Pike gives a storytelling performance that is a sheer delight.  Both versions are superb entertainments."  [audio and video] 
"An interesting, fun, and underappreciated world of fantasy and good, old-fashioned tale-telling in the tradition of some of the forgotten greats of literary history."
 

GRUMPUSS FAN MAIL

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“I was spellbound"
“A great adventure in the art of storytelling!"
“Your artful, engaging storytelling had my students on the edge of their seats”
“We loved it!”
"So gently told, but gripping . . . Your use of language was beautiful."
"You are an inspiration."
"A grand story woven from many outstanding multitextured strands."
"A rare and wonderful gift of story"
"The lessons in the story were appreciated by teachers and students alike - particularly the one about listening to the advice of your elders who may know more than you think!  Today, more than ever, we need stories that reinforce listening to, understanding and valuing each other."
 
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