Alice is hoping to have an extraordinary day. It is her birthday and she has wished for something really big. But the "something big" turns out to be a giant who suddenly appears in her bedroom and ca
Alice is hoping to have an extraordinary day. It is her birthday and she has wished for something really big. But the "something big" turns out to be a giant who suddenly appears in her bedroom and causes chaos at her birthday party. All the giant really wants is to return home (and have some hot dogs and ice cream before he goes)! Alice must quickly get some magical help from the librarian Ms. McKracken before everything gets out of control!
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"Veteran illustrator Maryann Kovalski and experienced writer John Green combine their prodigious talents in Alice And the Birthday Giant, a fantastical tale of - well - a girl whose birthday party is crashed by a huge, hungry giant. Giants, according to both the Narnia Chronicles and Harry Potter series, are extremely pugnacious and ill-tempered. Not so with Alice's friend. He's a one-eyed goombah with a mustache the size and appearance of a motorized street-sweeper, flip-flops the size of large rafts and a belly that has to be seen to believed. After the giant frightens the guests from Alice's birthday soiree - dad has gone in search of a very large net - Alice goes to the library (where else?) for information on how to get the giant back home. There are some funny moments as the librarian misfires - where is Hermione Granger when you need her? - but eventually everything turns out OK.
Kovalski, who's penned classics like The Wheels on the Bus and Rain, Rain and Green, whose familiar to us through his hilarious There's a Dragon in My Closet, have a lot of fun with this one."
- The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario
Excellent text is well supported by colourful pictures by renowned illustrator Maryann Kovalski. Alice's birthday wish for SOMETHING REALLY BIG comes true. Enough surprises and happy, secure resolutions will thrill any 6-8 year old. Colourful and comic illustrations on every page are well matched to the controlled vocabulary and exciting story ensuring the beginner readers' success.
Maryann Kovalski, one of Canada's most beloved children's writers/illustrators, has received many honors, including the Governor General's Award shortlist, a CLA Notable, a Parent's Choice Illustrator's Honor, and two nominations for the Mr. Christie's Book Award. Born in the Bronx, Maryann was inspired by a recent move back to New York to completely overhaul her 1992 bestseller, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, with a brand new story and locations that celebrate the Bronx of her youth.
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