- Age Range: 3 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Dial Books (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735227977
- ISBN-13: 978-0735227972
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Giant Jumperee Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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* "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
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is truly all good things wrapped into one. There is suspense. There are cute animals. There is humor. There is a surprise ending. When I had re-read this for about the tenth time I did find myself momentarily pondering the choice of putting a bunny, a cat, a bear, and an elephant in one space, but the childhood joy that scampers across each page makes me really not care about the impossibility of such a meeting of animals.
This is a must read. The perfect amount of humor and suspense for your younger elementary school crowd, but gentle and cozy enough for your toddlers and preschoolers.
Using Large font, caps, and a rhyming refrain, the Giant Jumperee scares Rabbit, Cat, Bear, and Elephant. So, Mama frog, hands on hips, stares into the burrow's entrance. She commands the Jumporee to come out by the count of three, as the other animals back away and cower in fear. Her crossed arms and rolled eyes, as her baby frog jumps from the burrow declaring "I'm the GIANT JUMPREREE," are so perfect. Though tricked and scared, the amusement on the animals faces at discovering the baby frog's joke is priceless.
The consistent refrain of the scared animals and the rhyming refrain of the Jumperee will have kids joining in the fun. Combined with an amazing range of facial expressions and body language this a book that will be enjoyed through multiple reads. The story ends with a beautiful wordless spread celebrating friendship. It's definitely a treasure for kids, but also as a mentor text in tight concise writing and gorgeous visual storytelling.
Throughout my own childhood, then as a primary school teacher and parent, picture books have been a staple part of my life.
'The Giant Jumperee' has all the essentials for success; repetitive language and rhyme that can be remembered and sung along too at the many re-readings; beautiful illustrations in bright colours; the delicious fear factor of the mysterious voice in the burrow; fun animal characters that all get along - and at the end a mum who isn't scared of anything(!), and a child who goes home for tea!
What delightful fantasy! Count me in!
4 out of 5 stars.