From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–A girl, convinced that all the world's magic has leaked away, is sad because she can't find any giants, fairies, goblins, unicorns, dragons, or genies. "Where is the fairy who'll grant me a wish?/And what happened to mermaids? Did they turn into fish?" Yet readers see what the child is missing: mermaids just under the water's surface, a broomstick flying behind her, a troll under the bridge, and enchanted creatures right under her nose. When she finally understands the power of believing in her own dreams, she discovers where giants hide and the magic that is all around her. By reading the pictures, young children will enjoy the visual joke and find satisfaction in figuring out the mismatch between the girl's narration and what is actually happening. The whimsical, detailed illustrations, dominated by bright red, yellow, and turquoise, add humor and capture the subtle message of the story.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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"A small girl searches for magic across bright red and blue pages. She muses about where fantastical beings are, and as she does so, each appears on the page attempting and repeatedly failing to get the girl's attention. Kelly chooses a rhyming text sure to engage young readers, and Collins's illustrations do their part. When she asks, "Where is the fairy who will grant me a wish," the fairy is shown tugging the girl's hair. "And what happened to mermaids? Did they turn into fish?"-a mermaid swims directly under the girl's fishing net. As the wonderings include a flying broomstick, genie and goblins, the illustrations depict the exasperated creatures collecting, following the girl across each spread in ever-more-desperate efforts to prove they exist. Bright yellow pixies cause commotion in the kitchen, and a striped pastel-purple dragon curves from the fireplace breathing golden fire. Just when the girl decides "if there ever was magic, / it's / all / leaked / away," she realizes that magic is her power of imagination. Make sure to experience this ebullient celebration." - Kirkus (Kirkus
"If you're searching for life's enchantments in the form of mermaids and dragons and such, this rhyming book delivers big time... true magic on each and every page." - Scholastic Parent and Child (Scholastic Parent and Child
"Where Giants Hide
, is a clever book that helps children and adults keep the magic of childhood alive. Yes, it's a book about growing up and realizing the difference between fact and fantasy, but it's also a book about the importance of keeping fantasy and imagination alive in your heart, no matter how old you get.
Enjoy this touching book with its bright, imaginative, "giant" pictures by illustrator Ross Collins. You'll be glad you added it to your collection." - YABooksCentral.com (Rita Lorraine Hubbard YABooksCentral.com