The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson

url-2Here is a book by a British children’s book author that combines elements of Jack and the Beanstalk, The BFG by Roald Dahl, The Borrowers by Mary Norton, and “The Littles” series by Peterson. It even had echoes of the movie (I know! I’m not supposed to talk about “the ‘m word'”, but sometimes I do watch movies) “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” which you students maybe have never even heard of….ANYWAY, in this book three siblings (who don’t get along very well) Colette, Stephen and Poppy get captured by a giant girl, Jumbeelia, who plants a beanstalk from way up there in “giant land” because her favorite story is Jack and the Beanstalk, and she climbs DOWN to see if she can find some “iggly plops” ( giant language for “little humans”). One of the fun things about this book is the invented language of the giants. There is a glossary at the back of the book but you can usually figure out what they’re saying from the context. How do you think the three human children will make it up there in their new surroundings? If you think Brian had survival issues in Hatchet, wait till you see the dangerous things these three children have to deal with when Jumbeelia’s evil brother gets ahold of them! Check it out if you are a fan of adventurous, fast-paced, suspenseful fantasies.

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3 Comments on “The Giants and the Joneses by Julia Donaldson”

  1. sabrina Says:

    this book sounds good – i wanna try to read it.

  2. Dominique Says:

    I would love to read this someday. my sister
    read it in her class room before once and she said it was good.

  3. chaia Says:

    This sounds good. maybe I should ask someone about, but why ask when I’m going to read it?

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