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Gobblings by Matthue Roth
February 9, 2015
Herbie’s parents are mechanics on a space station. He is the only child among a busy crew. Herbie makes his own robots from scraps to keep him company. Only he sees the gobblings, space parasites that feed on metal.
Before the crew notices, they’ve eaten all the machines! Only the machines in Herbie’s parents’ workshop survive. The family barricades themselves inside, away from the gobblings. Now they’re trapped! Who will save them?
Luckily, Herbie knows just what to do. He rescues the crew by luring the gobblings with his robots onto the landing dock. He jumps into a ship and opens the loading gates. The “winds of space rush in” and the gobblings fly out into space. Herbie is the hero!
Rohan Daniel Eason’s illustrations are strange and dark. He communicates the dark beauty of space and the isolation. Many of the images are an odd combination of realistic space station and mythical gobblings.
–Amy Stoothoff, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA