WALTER THE GIANT STORYTELLER’S GIANT BOOK OF GIANT STORIES by Walter M. Mayes

WALTER THE GIANT STORYTELLER’S GIANT BOOK OF GIANT STORIES

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

While the middle “giant” in the title is hyperbolic, as this is only rather longer than the average picture book, it is indeed a collection of stories about giants told by a giant (or at least, according to the flyleaf, a very tall man). The author puts himself in the dual position of character and narrator, contriving a frame story in which he is shipwrecked on an island populated by small people and tied up, Gulliver-like, to stand trial as scapegoat for the crimes committed by giants. In his defense, he and Paul Bunyan (called to the stand as a witness) tell stories of harmless and helpful giants, including a revisionist “Jack and the Beanstalk” that portrays Jack as a common thief; the American tall tale of Stormalong; an original tale involving a meeting between Walter and Atlas; and a tale of Finn M’Cool. Both the design and O’Malley’s cleverly engaging illustrations change style to suit both frame and internal stories, frequently incorporating comic-book elements. Their inventiveness and the sheer geniality of the overall concept make up for the occasional flat note in a rather overlong text. (notes, bibliography) (Fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8974-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005




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