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The Giants and the Joneses


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Julia Donaldson is the author of more than fifty books and plays for children, including One Ted Falls Out of Bed, The Snail and the Whale, The Gruffalo, winner of the Smarties Book Prize, and Tyrannosaurus Drip, a picture book on the Feiwel and Friends Spring 2008 List. She grew up in London and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her family. Greg Swearingen is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design. He was awarded the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge Award from the Society of Illustrators in 1998. He lives in Rexberg, Idaho.


Gr 3-5-Most giants in Groil disregard the fairy tale about the tiny thief who once climbed a plant up to their land, but young Jumbeelia is sure that the pocket-sized "iggly plops" must exist. She drops a mysterious seed over the cloud edge, and, sure enough, a "bimplestonk" grows in the night. She climbs down to the miniature world where she collects some souvenirs, including three children-Collette; her brother, Stephen; and their baby sister, Poppy. The humans attempt to communicate with their huge captor, but, like all giants, Jumbeelia speaks only Groilish, and, in any case, she is too large to hear them. She installs the children in her dollhouse and plays nicely with her new "toys," but her brother is jealous and wants the iggly plops for his own. When he gets hold of them, he plays cruel, dangerous games with them, even forcing Stephen into deadly combat with a colossal wasp. The children resolve to escape, but the giant world is filled with dangerous objects and enormous creatures, including a very hungry cat and a mad old giant with a grudge against humans. The use of Groilish adds the appeal of a secret code to the story. All dialogue among the giants is written strictly in their own language. In-text translation is rare, although almost everything is clear in context. Dictionaries are provided so that young readers can become proficient in the lingo. An exciting story with a subtle message about respect and cooperation.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"An exciting story with a subtle message about respect and cooperation." --School Library Journal"Whether read aloud or alone, this British import has an effervescent sincerity that makes it both enjoyable and memorable." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"The Giants and the Joneses had humour, suspense and an invented language that enthralled me." --The Evening Standard (London)"Children will love this miniaturised adventure . . . it's set to be a giant hit." --The Herald (England)

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