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Giants!

By Mij Kelly
Illustrated by Nick Maland

  • Hardback
  • £10.99

An original and timely story about the dangers of stereotypes.

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.

Biographical Notes

Mij's first children's book won the Kathleen Fidler award in 1993 and she's been writing ever since. She used to test out her stories on her children, now she tests them on her granddaughter. Her picture book 'One More Sheep' won the English Association 4-11 awards and was also shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Nick graduated in English & Drama from London University in 1981. He pursued a career in the theatre - acting and directing in the London fringe and, during this time, devloped an interest in drawing, which soon took over as a full-time career. He was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award (for Welcome Night) and the Children's Book Award (for Brave Whale). He has a daughter and a son and lives in London.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780340893302
  • Publication date: 21 Jun 2007
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Wistfully illustrated — Bournemouth Daily Echo
A clever story, not just about fear of the unknown but of the dangers of prejudice — Cork Evening Echo
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

Reviews on Mij Kelly's previous book:

*...wonderfully wayward illustrations...  - The Sunday Telegraph  18/07/2004
*...a funny take on the counting game, accompanied by jazzy knockabout pictures that will have children squealing with laughter.  - The Mail on Sunday  18/07/2004
*Funny, cute and quirky.  - Bournemouth Daily Echo  21/08/2004
*Defying all stereotypes of being merely silly and woolly, these 10 quick-witted sheep with attitude see off the cunning wolf when Sam, their foolish owner, threatens to let him in... Mij Kelly's rhyming text has terrific panache, while Russell Ayto's illustrations - especially the ones of the sheep in their stripey socks and nightcaps - are hugely engaging.  - The Guardian  10/07/2004
*What with Mij's powerful words and Russell's dramatic illustrations, there seems little chance of anyone reading this story without expression. In fact, the combination of interaction, lively characterisation and dramatic build-up, make it a perfect storyb

— miscellaneous

On Nick Maland's previous book, Snip Snap:
*Nick Maland's clever perspectives make the alligator increasingly alarming as he swells to fill more and more of the page in this well-created story of facing down fear.  - The Guardian  10/04/2005
*Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predicable question-and-answer refrain the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details... Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolour washes, illustrate the story with wit and style... good fun.  - Booklist 
*Winner of Blue Parent's Choice Award.

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