“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”
"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."
“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?”
“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.”
"An award-winning audiobook by a California-based storyteller, this clever fairy tale is told entirely in narrative rhyme. The language is rich and the presentation is exhilarating . . ."
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."
“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.”
"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."
"...a rhyming epic-style romance in the spirit of the magical stories told by medieval bards before royal courts. And true to the spirit of that medieval inspiration, Pike performs the entire poem from memory!"