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The Giants and the Joneses: from Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo Kindle Edition
A giant-sized adventure story from bestselling author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.Perfect for fans of David Walliams, Matt Haig and Ben MIller.
Every giant knows beanstalks and little persons don’t exist. Almost every giant, anyway …
Young giant, Jumbeelia, loves the stories of the iggly plop, Jack, who climbed up the bimblestonk and was chased back down again by a giant. So she grows her own bimblestonk, climbs down and collects up the unsuspecting Colette, Stephen and Poppy into a bag and carried off back up the beanstalk to play with her three new toys.
In The Giants and the Joneses, former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson, has created a page-turning, hilariously funny and larger than life adventure, turning the traditional fairytale unceremoniously on its head.
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About the Author
Julia Donaldson is the author of more than fifty books and plays for children, including The Gruffalo, winner of the Smarties Book Prize. She grew up in London and now lives in Glasgow with her family.
Greg Swearingen is a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design. He was awarded the Norman Rockwell at Stockbridge Award from the Society of Illustrators in 1998. He lives in Idaho.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003B5M0Q8
- Publisher : Farshore; UK ed. edition (March 6, 2010)
- Publication date : March 6, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1424 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 226 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312379617
- Best Sellers Rank: #581,197 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story features an invented language for the giants, with a glossary at the back. (Although for us, reading on a Kindle, we didn't really see this until the end.) Most of the words are guessable in context anyway, and when there are whole songs or sayings in the giant language, the English translation is given in the main text. This language is fun, playful and inventive, and I'm sure most child readers will bring some of the giants' words into their play as my daughter did.
For all the excitement and adventure, there is a moral core to this story which encourages children to think before making pets or toys of wild creatures. Children will not experience this as moralising, but they will absorb the messages about how the children are treated by Jumbelia, who doesn't mean them any harm, but also doesn't quite see them as living creatures who can be hurt.
Overall, I'd recommend this for fans of Donaldson's picture books who are ready to move onto chapter books at bedtime. For the more delicate among them, though, her Princess Mirror-Belle adventures might be more suitable.
It's a great story, and good to read something unusual.