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The Giants and the Joneses Paperback – May 27, 2008
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Down, down, down Jumbeelia climbs—right down into the land of the iggly plops, where she discovers Colette, Poppy, and Stephen Jones; puts them into her canvas bag; and carries them back to Groil.
Soon the children find themselves shut in her dollhouse, with no visible means of escape. With danger surrounding them at every turn, the children must use all their wits to survive and figure out a way to get back home. . . .
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 5/27/2008
- Pages: 224
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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One of the first scenes with Zab and the little people he is trying to drown them for fun. The author describes how the older girl struggling underwater until she can scarcely hold her breath any longer and the toddler is screaming and struggling in the water because she cannot swim, all while Zab is laughing at them. Later he puts them in R/C cars and rams them in the wall and the older girl's head is slammed into the windshield. Then there is a scene where he buries them up to their neck in sand so they can't move (reminiscent of POW torture). The final straw for me was when Zab encloses the older brother and a wasp in a jar with no breathing holes so they can fight, all while Zab chants "killer, killer, killer" in Groilish.
There were other instances of torture and abuse in between as well. I simply could not stomach anymore of it nor could I continue to subject my children to it. I sincerely wish I'd never read it to them or would have stopped sooner when other red flags came up. I kept hoping that somehow the author would "make it right" and that there would be some redeeming quality but after making it to the halfway point and nothing is addressed and the abuse continues I knew it was time for ME to stop address it with my kids. I had to explain that what Zab was doing is not "normal" boy (or girl, or human) behavior and that there is something very wrong with him. Taking pleasure in attempting to kill other living things (in this case human beings) is sadistic and disturbing beyond words and to put such things into a children's book aimed at elementary age kids takes it to another level of depravity. What is a 2nd, 3rd , or 4th grader who might be reading this book on their own supposed to do with those images? It doesn't matter to me that it might get better in the end, its not worth it.
Here's a quote: "This miniature girl was the perfect victim for the experiments and tortures that he could only dream of inflicting on his life-size sister. He sqeezed her more tightly as her carried her into his room. Still smiling, he zipped her up in his gym bag..."
As an adult, I found these occurences - some of which were particularly, vividly protrayed through the eyes of the tortured children - rather upsetting and it was upsetting to my children as well.
We also found the constant Groilish a little annoying at times, just wishing for some plain english.
It is a well written book however but may not be enjoyable or appropriate for all children. I just found it depressing if anything.