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Fantastic - funny and imaginative. We all loved it.
on 18 October 2008
This is a cracker of a paperback for children from about age 6 through juniors. I say children not girls because although Daisy is primarily a hit with girls, when my daughter (8) was given this as a present my son aged 6 didn't realised this, picked it up, read it and loved it.
The book is written in the first person in a very conversational manner, flitting cleverly and beautifully coherently between Daisy's life, Daisy's game, the Jack and the Beanstalk story. Daisy has been listening to the story jack and the Beanstalk at school and goes home inspired by it. There are great pictures alongside the text of Daisy and her best friend Gabby as giants in the precinct, at the swimming pool and in the park, as they play together. They also squabble a little, over who's the biggest, best and so on and are so like real girls, any parent reading this aloud won't be able to help smiling.
But on Sunday, Daisy goes to her Grandparents and, looking for a magic bean, she gets a little carried away. That's the trouble with Daisy......
Daisy's a bit of a glass-half-empty person, and her catchphrase "The trouble with....." is scattered through the book, relating to the widest assortment of things e.g. The trouble with trolls is they don't live anywhere nearly as nice as a castle in the sky. In a previous Daisy chapter book ( Daisy and the trouble with Life) Daisy had been grounded by her parents and I found Daisy's continual negativity rather off-putting. In Daisy and the trouble with giants however, Daisy's complaints about silent beanstalks (the trouble with beanstalks and sharp axes is they can't speak) and teeny ice-cream parlours (the trouble with ice-cream parlours is normal scoops are far too small for a giant) were very funny. This combined with an amusing storyline has made for a really brilliant and imginative book which I thoroughly recommend.
And if you like the giant theme, why not try next Julia Donaldson's The Giant and the Joneses.