The Grumpadinkles Have Arrived!

The Grumpadinkles on Amazon

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I’m delighted to announce the arrival of The Grumpadinkles on (U.S.). They’ll hopefully soon be showing up in Canada, the UK, and the rest of Europe and and other parts of the world.

This book has been a labor of love and has come a long way from its genesis when I held one of my then-infant grandtwins who was in a very grumpy mood at the time. I started making up names for the grumpiness, and it led to book ideas, then better book ideas, and finally this book.

Grumbly and Gruffina Grumpadinkle are always grouchy. Their mood is always gloomy, the weather always glum—and not a single soul could make the Grumpadinkles smile, chuckle, or guffaw—not even a teehee! Until, that is, little Wendy asks the cantankerous, cranky couple to watch her puppy. “We’ve never had a dog before,” Grumbly says. “It sounds like he could be a chore.” With a grumble or two, the Grumpadinkles relent, and find themselves puppy-sitting a rambunctious, playful pup that makes a mammoth mess—icky eggs, shattered plates, and spilled milk everywhere! Find out what happens when a rascally pup turns their whole house—and grumpy lives—upside down. Russ Towne’s The Grumpadinkles delights children and adults, keeping them giggling with every fantastic, whimsical rhyme. Each vibrant page of artwork illustrates a life lesson for every child: how a simple act of compassion (even when you’re feeling sad) can turn a frown upside down and open the door to new friendship. For ages 3–7.

Christina Cartwright is the illustrator.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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20 Responses to The Grumpadinkles Have Arrived!

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    3 cheers! What fun this is and I am excited for you to have “fathered” such lovable characters.

  2. ksbeth says:

    this looks fantastic, russ. i love the genesis of the story and the outcome. every grumpy person needs someone or something to help turn them around. congrats –

  3. Awesome Russ and great illustrations! ❤
    Diana xo

  4. This is wonderful Russ!!!!!

  5. Joan says:

    Just love it! The idea and the illustrations- way to go!

  6. utesmile says:

    Great , I’ll watch out in The Amazon UK, another one for my Russ Collection! A great book to read when I feel grumpy!

  7. Val Boyko says:

    Awesome! It looks terrific Russ. 👍

  8. I definitely have some grumpy people who need a few “teehees”. This will just do the trick. I love the story behind the book. What a fun memory for the grand twins, too. Congratulations, Russ!

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