Lumpy’s Gift by Christopher Packard (Illustrated by Jill Packard) Review

I received a free copy of this book in echange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

A piece of clay known as Lumpy goes on a journey to face life’s challenges and become who he was meant to be in author Christopher Packard’s “Lumpy’s Gift”, illustrated by Jill Packard.


The Synopsis

Children have always struggled with the obligations of school, chores, practices, and other family responsibilities. Lumpy’s Gift is a delightful fable about how all those little trials help make it possible to find your true potential. In this story, Lumpy, a lump of clay, is taken from his home by a well-meaning potter who does “terrible” things to Lumpy. But by the end, Lumpy has become something extraordinary, something he never knew he wanted to be. The book includes a parent and teacher’s discussion guide to the story and an introduction to the basics of pottery.

The Review

This was a truly imaginative and creative take on the children’s book narrative. The author and illustrator both worked together to create a stunning narrative of a lump of clay that finds itself undergoing a personal transformation and becoming uprooted from the comfort of the life they knew. The warmth of the illustration colors and the atmosphere that they created made the story feel captivating.

The heart of the narrative rests in the unique character development of Lumpy and the insightful lessons that the book brought to life. Lessons such as challenging ourselves to do things outside of our comfort zone to better our own lives, and how offering our best selves to others can be the most true and powerful form of a gift a person can give, all made this story shine greatly. 

The Verdict

Memorable, heartfelt, and entertaining, author Christopher Packard’s “Lumpy’s Gift” is a wonderful children’s book and greatly illustrated by Jill Packard. The care and heart that went into the creation of this book and the powerful themes that drove this narrative home will bring parents and children alike home this holiday season. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Christopher Packard is a folklorist, storyteller, monster hunter, and a full-time high school science teacher at Bangor High School. He is also a trail runner, swordfighter, and outdoor adventurer. When not teaching, writing, or wandering in the wilds he can often be found on his small homestead in Hampden, Maine gardening, raising chickens, and spending time with his wife and two sons. Prior to taking up teaching and writing he worked as an ecological restoration technician, field biologist, naturalist, and outdoor educator. He has earned some pieces of paper that say things about degrees in biology and education. But most of his learning has come from his passion for discovery and his drive to bring people together. Find out more by visiting his website at:

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