GIANT TESS by Dan Yaccarino


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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A baby grows to be a giant on the fabled isle of Myth-hattan.

Tess, a tiny swaddled bundle of joy, is adopted by two fairy parents with unfurled wings and swaying antennae. The family could not be happier. But Tess grows to epic proportions. She can’t walk through Myth-hattan without causing mayhem, and she’s still only a young tot. She accidentally crushes street-vendor carts with a single step and bumps her head on the Myth-hattan blimp flying by in the sky. She feels entirely out of place and lonely. When she tries to help with the big parade (never explicitly named, but the one with large balloon characters), everything ends in a tangled mess. She rushes to Centaur Park in despair. But when she finds a friend who is her size and their stature actually helps to save the day, her self-confidence grows to match her giant heart. The book is filled with insider Manhattan jokes (endpapers show a map including the Lower Beast Side and Monster Square Garden) and myriad mythical creatures strolling casually by; readers will delight in spotting them all. Tess and her parents all have pale skin; other, background humanoid characters feature brown, tan, and green skin. The inked lines are classic Yaccarino, curved and flowing; the color palette is muted, and many details are not filled in.

Hidden humorous notes enhance a fanciful story of empowerment. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 2nd, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-06-267027-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2019


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