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The Giants and the Joneses: from Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo Kindle Edition
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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.
from Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo--This text refers to the paperback edition.
"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)--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B003B5M0Q8
- Publisher : Farshore; UK ed. edition (6 March 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
- Print length : 226 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312379617
- Best Sellers Rank: 903,665 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.