WHEN GIANTS COME TO PLAY by Andrea Beaty

WHEN GIANTS COME TO PLAY

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A day of play, with two reeeeeeeeeally big friends. Beaty’s economical and straightforward text describes Anna’s day of fun with her two giant pals—one grinning widely in an orange bowler and matching vest and the other wearing overalls with a sharp beak of a nose and a shock of coarse black hair shooting straight up. She leaves the humor to Hawkes’s bold illustrations in charcoal pencil and acrylic paint. For example, “They play catch by a gnarled oak tree” is the text accompanying a picture of the giants tossing Anna back and forth. And at the end of the day, there’s a close-up of Anna resting in a hammock. The next page widens the view showing, instead of trees, the sleeping giants holding up the hammock with their buttons. Size (most of the oversized illustrations are two-pagers) should enhance the comic appeal for very young audiences. A slight story, but Beaty’s language and Hawkes’s pictures make it enormously appealing. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8109-5759-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2006




Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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