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Giants! [Paperback]

Mij Kelly , Nick Maland
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 July 2008
Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are walking and talking through the forest one day. When Swea Pea stops and suddenly asks: 'Giants! Do they look like you and me? Except bigger?' And so begins a discussion about what giants are... until Boogaloo discovers that giants are not at all how he has imagined them!An original and timely story about the nature of stereoptyes and jumping to conclusions.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340893311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340893319
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

What could be more beautiful than the laughter of children? That's why I write. You can find out more about me and my books, and read essays for children - and adults - on imagination and the craft of writing at http://mijkelly.com.

For notifications, give-aways and competitions, like "Mij Kelly's children's books" on Facebook.

Look out for Friendly Day, available from 2 August. It's a tall tale of idealism and unlikely friendships, beautifully illustrated by the amazing Charles Fuge. I'm immensely proud of it!

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Giants, it turns out, are not so different from us after all - a twist that will give three-to-five-year-olds something to ponder. Maland's distinctive illustrations are a treat too. (FT Magazine)

And this is a tale of prejudice and how stressful the whole blasted business of judgementalism is. Never too early to drill a little open-mindedness into your fledgling dictators, especially if the verse isn't of the cringe-inducing variety. I mean, this actually scans. And the message is as succinct as its attractive illustrations. (The Bookseller Crow, Families Magazine)

In a day and age when so many people are judged not by what they do but by what they look like and so many other factors over which they have no control, this is a timely look at the danger of jumping to conclusions. It's a gentle story and the message is delivered with a light touch and some humour.

The story is great fun to read aloud (lots of it even scans rather well) and to share with a child because Nick Maland's wonderful illustrations mean that you're aware throughout the book that a giant is never that far away - it's rather like those Look behind you! moments at the pantomime. Sometimes you see a hand, sometimes a foot or a face. Sweet Pea is obviously more aware that things are not quite as they seem but Boogaloo is oblivious. To his credit he does his best to make amends once he realises that he was in the wrong - another useful lesson delivered without preaching.

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An unusual and thought-provoking book which gently introduces the youngest readers to the dangers of prejudice. (Northern Echo)

This is a great book to address the issue of prejudice and how we can all be the same and different in so many ways. And children will love the repetitive rhythmic text and cross-hatched illustrations in muted tones, reminiscent of Wher the Wild Things Are. Thought provoking and with a twist a the end, this was a charming story to read aloud. (Child Education Plus)

Book Description

Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are walking through the forest one day, when suddenly Sweat Pea asks, 'Giants, do they look like you and me, except bigger?' An original and timely story about the dangers of stereotypes.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun tale about giants (or is it?) 19 May 2014
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Best appreciated by older children (older than my three year old). We liked it. But he also found some parts a little puzzling and he would definitely appreciate it in a year or two's time.

Great idea: two people are walking through the forest when one spots a giant. He doesn't look so bad... But her companion says giants are terrible... Who will be right?

My son didn't appreciate the nuances of the story but did like the fact that one little person couldn't see the giant (in a pantomime 'he's behind you!' manner).

This is a great KS1 class read - lots to talk about with regards to perspective, fear of the unknown, difference. The rhyming text bounces along nicely. I want personally keen on the illustrations but that's by the by.

Loved the ending, but again best appreciated with age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Morality Tale with a Twist 12 Aug 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This book tells the story of Sweet Pea and Boogaloo, who are walking through the woods on their way to have a picnic when Sweet Pea thinks she spies a giant. She starts asking Boogaloo questions about what giants are like based on the fact that what she sees makes them no different to herself. Boogaloo, who hasn't spotted the giants tells her what he has heard about giants,and how horrible and scary they are. They eventually meet the giant and Boogaloo has to face his prejudice.

It is a gentle, poetic story with a strong moral. There is lots of repetition and reinforcement which makes it memorable for kids. My children liked the fact that the illustrations show both sides of the story and really show the difference between the reality and the thought.

This is a good story for slightly older children, I would say fours and up would appreciate it, because it invites discussion and comparision with areas of our own lives which younger listeners may not appreciate.
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