The Giant Jumperee – Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury


     The Giant Jumperee – Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, Dial Books for Young Readers, (9780735227972), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a perfect combination of text and illustration from two bestselling and highly regarded authors.  One day as Rabbit approaches his burrow he hears a loud voice from within saying,”’I’m the GIANT JUMPEREE and I’m scary as can be!’” Frightened Rabbit flees and meets Cat.  When Cat hears of the predicament she feels that she can conquer the intruder, but she is also frightened away when the voice threatens to “squash you like a flea!”  Bear tries, but turns away when told “I’ll sting you like a bee” and Elephant is told “I’m taller than a tree!”  The repeated refrain makes this a great read aloud.  The illustrations in this large picture book fill the pages with color, humor and expression.  Finally, all four animals run into Mama Frog and tell her about the terrifying creature in Rabbit’s burrow.  Mama Frog seems nonplussed and approaches the burrow.  The voice tells her  “‘I’m the GIANT JUMPEREE and you’re terrified of me!’”  Mama Frog tells the voice that she’ll give it to the count of three to come out.  Readers will be right in guessing that the ferocious creature is actually Baby Frog!  Just perfection!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect story time read aloud.  A fun story about facing one’s fears and a little trickster.  Pair it with The Great AAA-OOO!  by Jonny Lambert and Jez Alborough’s Watch Out! Big Bro Is Coming!  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  4/28/17             

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