RUDE GIANTS by Audrey Wood

RUDE GIANTS

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 For Beatrix the butter maid and her best friend Gerda (a cow), life is idyllic--until the two are kidnapped by a pair of hulking giants who declare their intention of eating them. Fortunately, the giants are as witless as they are selfish and untidy; and when Beatrix lays down the law, they're prompt to obey: ``A meal tastes better in a clean castle'' leads to a monumental tidying; ``A lack of manners ruins a good meal'' gets the giants to learn--at Beatrix's direction--to lower their voices and take tiny bites. Finally, when the new learners are properly bathed and dressed, Beatrix rings for the villagers, who arrive with a feast for all. Logic is obviously not the intent here; kids may pick up a few pointers on manners, but mostly it's just for fun--and fun it surely is, especially with Wood's outlandishly caricatured giants and prim, righteous little maid to expand the exaggerated humor. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-15-269412-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1993




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