This is a gentle fairytale-type of story, short in length compared to the majority of D K-S's paperbacks, with the healthy alpine feel of The Sound of Music. Although the size of a normal chapter book, it's really a longer-length picture book with colourful illustrations on every page, perfect to be read to children moving on to chapter books around age 4 and for those beginning to read alone at age 7. The story begins brilliantly, making me chuckle almost immediately at the way the twin giants, Lottavim and Normus, get their names. The giants set off across the mountains to find brides and don't immediately meet the women of their dreams. The end of the story is predictable but its exactly what my children (3,5,7) wanted to hear, and there's light humour throughout though this straightforward charming story. The pictures are lovely, with an "olde worlde" feel, in rural greens and autumnal russets, with farmland, bee hives, healthy organic produce and rocky mountainsides. My children liked in particular the way the map builds up throughout the book, and were fascinated by the tiny size of the apples and other food in comparison to the giants. I loved the animals in the illustrations which are wonderfully expressive with startled wide-eyes as the giants pound by. Fresh and wholesome.
Twin giants Normus and Lotovim do everything. "They walked in step with one another. They woke up and even went to sleep at the same time. They even sneezed at the same moment!" But they were different - Lotovim only ate meat, whilst Normus was a vegetarian. At the "age of twenty and the height of eighteen feet" they stopped growing and a change took place. They both wanted to find a wife. But how were they to find a wife - since so many of the girls of marriageable age were less than "five and a half feet tall"? They knew that giantesses were to be found on mountains. Lotovim finds a giantess who only wanted to marry a vegetarian and Normus meets a giantess who only wanted to marry a person who liked meat. So who did they marry and could their wives be twins? This is a very humorous story with delightfully amusing illustrations.
I read this book to my year 2 class after seeing it on a list for getting boys into reading. The whole class really enjoyed it, it was easy to read aloud and they begged to see the colourful pictures. It now sits on my shelf for the children to read independently.