Saturday, 2 May 2015
Review: The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Format: Large hardcover / paperback
Released: April 23rd, 2015
"Fee!" he said, and "Fi!" he said, and "Fo!" he said and "Fum!" Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he's off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don't see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man - a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems...
It's always an exciting day when a new Benji Davies picture book arrives for review! He's one of my favourite children's book illustrators and, as expected, he's done a great job with The Giant of Jum. Every page makes you stop and stare and take everything in, and that's partly because of the vibrant, eye-catching colours used throughout. The cute cats, round-faced children and snaggle-toothed giant helps too!
Elli Woollard's text is fantastically fun too, rhyming and telling of all the different ways a giant can eat a child. I chuckled a few times, especially when the giant is imagining children embedded in desserts and lots of other types of food. There's something here for everyone, whether it be the unfolding story or the visual feast present on every page - younger readers are in for a real treat!
This book is brilliant from start to finish and, just like the back cover says, it's the start of a notable new picture book partnership. It's great to see more giants in picture books, and The Giant of Jum is an accomplished reimagining of Jack and the Beanstalk. I hope Woollard and Davies work on more books together in the future, and I hope they're as enjoyable as this one. I'll be first in line to find out!