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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402242700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402242700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 12.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,258,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"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 20101001)

"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 20101101)

"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 20101021)

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What could be more beautiful than the laughter of children? That's why I write. You can find out more about me and my books, and read essays for children - and adults - on imagination and the craft of writing at http://mijkelly.com.

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Look out for Friendly Day, available from 2 August. It's a tall tale of idealism and unlikely friendships, beautifully illustrated by the amazing Charles Fuge. I'm immensely proud of it!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the bright colors of this book. Pairing those intense colors with such bold yet whimsical illustrations guarantee this is a book that will be noticed. The young girl in the book is sad because she believes that magic is gone from the world. The story is taking place behind her as all of the magical creatures she is saying don't exist are actually appearing in all of their fire breathing, pixie dusting, mermaid swimming glory.

The rhymes are never forced and the story has a wonderful flow. There's not a whole lot of text, but it is written beautifully and effectively. The book's final message when the girl realizes that magic exists because she can dream it into being and therefore find out "where giants hide", is a powerful one that is likely to produce goosebumps among literature loving adults. I do wonder if four or five year olds will actually get it? Perhaps when shared with a thoughtful parent, this book will open doors to some discussion of imagination, dreams, and the power of story. I hope so because it's a truly great book. Probably not as effective for groups but so worth buying for a child's personal collection. Recommended.
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By John C. Miller on December 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a staple in our nightly stories with my three year old. He loves the drawings and having all the different fantasy creatures all in one book.

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