The Giant of Jum

Publisher: Macmillan

Review

In his lonely cave, with only a stalk of broccoli, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry. How he pines for a tasty child. Surely his brother mentioned some boy called Jack: he'd make a lovely snack. Jum goes looking for children...

But the children have other ideas! The gigantic Jum is excellent at rescuing balls and cats from high places, at giving children rides on his back. The children bake him an enormous cake. They think he's lovely - not ravenous and dying to eat them! As Jum tucks in, he decides maybe chocolate is better than children!

The illustrations brim with jokes and delightful details, the rhyming text is breezy fun, and the line between darkly gruesome and good-hearted is deftly maintained.

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