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Where the Giant Sleeps Hardcover – October 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152057854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152057855
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "Radunsky makes a strong bid for another New York Times Best Illustrated honor, setting Fox's brief, murmurous bedtime rhyme to dreamy close-ups of an archipelago revealed in the first spread to be a sleeping giant. Seen through the telescope of a child who snuggles into bed at the end, a fairy dozes in the grove of trees that is the giant's hair, a goblin hugs its teddy bear in a haystack, witches sleep in a house on one thigh-shaped peninsula and a dragon snores atop a lighthouse on the other, as an ogre "takes a rest from roaring" on a passing ship. Only the elves are awake, "sewing with all their might, / to make a quilt of moons and stars / to wrap you in . . . tonight." Casting dim moonlight over drowsy forms made with cloudy edges and soft colors, the artist expertly captures the poem's tone and makes the slide down into dreamland well-nigh inevitable. (Picture book. 3-5)" --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) (Kirkus Reviews 2007-09-01)

About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Where Is the Green Sheep?, created with Judy Horacek. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.  VLADIMIR RADUNSKY has illustrated many books for children, including the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year The Mighty Asparagus and Bill Martin Jr's The Maestro Plays. He lives in Italy.  

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Artbooker on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The most beloved Australian poet Mem Fox (Whoever You Are, Time for Bed, Possum Magic) creates another wonderful lullaby in which her minimalist style brings forth an incredible cast of fairy-tale characters (goblins, pixies, witches, ogre, dragon, etc.). Following this "portrait gallery" we arrive at the last stanza of the poem, "But here the elves are wide awake -- sewing with all their might to make a quilt of moon and stars to wrap you in...tonight." The illustrator, Vladimir Radunsky, has chosen one of his most virtuoso techniques: the pictures are painted in a fabulous romantic realistic manner. It's been two months since this book appeared in our home, and my children ( 4-year old Ellis and 7-year old Colin) have been marooned on the enchanted island that has sprung from the lively imagination of these "giants" of American contemporary children's books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently wrote and published my first children's book. I am especially interested in
children's books' role in early childhood development. I have "Where the Giant Sleeps" in my collection. It is a wonderful tool. Mem Fox and Vladimir Radunsky have produced a book that fits perfectly into a collection of traditional nursery rhymes, and the illustrations capture a child's imagination as no film ever could. I can assure that it has staying power through it's warm imagery and charming text for bedtime and classroom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANN GORDON on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The latest book from Mem Fox created a real revolution in our family; it' a huge hit with my
grandchildren. They are reading and memorizing the crystal-clear poetry,written in a traditional
English manner, and all the walls in our house are covered with my granddaughters' naive attempts
to copy paintings created by the great children books illustrator, Vladimir Radunsky.
This kinds of books are becoming more and more rare in our society, and it makes me happy
to see that contemporary children wil be able to enjoy and be inspired by good literature and art.
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By M. Heiss on June 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It rhymes.
It's gorgeous.
It zooms in.
the cover has a hidden picture, a la Salvador Dali.
There's a map grid.

Oh, yes. This one is a keeper.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gonson on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I do think this book is very pretty, but there are a lot of pretty books,as well as a lot of books about magical beings. This one was so predictable I felt pretty disappointed. Oh well. Maybe we just spend too much time with these creatures at my house
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More About the Author

MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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