The Giant Jumperee (Hardcover)
My, oh my what a pairing we get! Two children's lit creators at the top of their game deftly weave an instant storytime classic filled with rhyme, repetition and downright glorious animals. After a cascade of animals ponder the meaning of the Giant Jumperee, it turns out Mama knows best and delights all story inhabitants -- as well as the reader. What a treat! - Maureen
— From Staff Picks by Maureen
Two of the world's most celebrated picture book creators, Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury, team up for the first time in this jaunty animal fable for fans of Room on the Broom and We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Rabbit arrives home one day to hear a loud voice coming from inside his burrow:
"I'm the Giant Jumperee and I'm scary as can be!" shouts the stranger.
Rabbit's friends Cat, Bear, and Elephant come to help, but they're no match for the mysterious, booming voice. But who is the Giant Jumperee? Find out in this new read-aloud classic from internationally bestselling author Julia Donaldson, beautifully brought to life by award-winning illustrator Helen Oxenbury.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is one of today's best-loved children's authors. She was the U.K. Children's Laureate 2011-2013 and has written over 100 books for children, including the international bestsellers The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Award. She lives in Sussex, England with her husband.
Helen Oxenbury has charmed generations of children with her award-winning illustrations. She has won the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Kurt Maschler Award, and the Eric Carle Honor. Her numerous books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. She lives in London with her husband, the author and artist John Burningham.
Praise for The Giant Jumperee
* "Oxenbury is in fine form here. . . . Donaldson’s spare text is perfect for read-alouds, and the title character’s dialogue is full of catchy rhymes. Little ones will clamor for this one again and again. A lovely option for storytime or one-on-one sharing." —School Library Journal, starred review
* "Donaldson knows that less really can be more, and her straightforward, occasionally rhyming narration is all the setup her peerless collaborator needs. Oxenbury paints Mama Frog as a don’t-mess-with-me matriarch whose decisive physicality . . . instantly establishes her as a force to be reckoned with." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "The gleeful, unrepentant culprit is sure to make children giggle—then pause with Mama Frog's response. The text's tone, plot, and repetitions are perfect for the youngest readers. The artwork is a masterful match, with humorous, exquisitely rendered body language and facial expressions. . . . The final, wordless double-page spread is a joyous affirmation of life and friendship. A winner for libraries everywhere: home, public, day care, preschool, and school." —Kirkus, starred review
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