Books by Robert Sloat

THE HUNGRY GIANT OF THE TUNDRA by Teri Sloat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Another Yupik tale in the amiable spirit of The Eye of the Needle (1990): Despite their parents' warnings, the children linger at their play instead of coming home before the giant ``A.ka.gua.gan.kak'' looks for his supper. Capturing them, he makes a bag of his trousers and uses it to hang them from a tree while he goes for his knife. A friendly chickadee unties the giant's suspenders to free the children; a crane lets them use her legs as a bridge; and when the giant tries to follow, she dumps him into the river, then carries the children to their village. Teri Sloat tells the tale with engaging simplicity and includes an exemplary source note; her husband collaborates on illustrations in a style similar to that of her earlier books. The huge, raggedy giant is clearly too stupid to be very scary; the nicely individualized children are charmingly expressive; and the realistic setting, which includes several modern details, is truly lovely. Wonderfully appealing in every way. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >