Gasp! Grumbly’s a Girl!?

I plan to request a completely re-conceptualized initial sketch for Grumbly Grumpadinkle in the next several days. I’m warming to the idea of making Grumbly a woman, and the little tyke a boy named Alex (which not-so-coincidentally is the name of my third grandson.) If so, I’ll probably add the name “Alex” to the title, perhaps something along the lines of “Alex and the Grumbly Grumpadinkle” (because the names of my first two grandsons are in the titles of two of my children’s books and grandpa doesn’t want to play favorites.)

Besides being able to name the book after a grandchild, I like the idea of having a key character be a mean, old, nasty woman who becomes nice. Men have Scrooge, the Grinch, and others as role models for becoming good, but I couldn’t think of any mean, old, nasty women who later became nice. Can you?

With Love,



About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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2 Responses to Gasp! Grumbly’s a Girl!?

  1. utesmile says:

    there are the old nasty women in fairy tales, like in Snowwhite, or Haensel and Gretel, but htey are all really nasty witches. Still women though.:-)
    I can’t think of any who get nicer too though….

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for trying to come up with examples of women in such stories that learn the error of their ways and become nicer. Women and young girls deserve that kind of role model too, and I plan to give them one!

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