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.
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
A clever story, not just about fear of the unknown but of the dangers of prejudice
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.
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.