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|Giant from the Fire Sea|
Author: Himmelman, John
When a giant named Newton emerges from the Fire Sea, where Jat is gathering coal, they begin a friendship and an adventure in which both try to protect Jat's village.
Kirkus Reviews (03/15/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2019 Jat and Newton are both outsiders; Jat is picked on for being perpetually sooty from his dangerous job collecting coal from the fire sea, and Newton has a philosopher’s mind in a society wary of his stargazing. So despite the fact that Newton is a 50-foot giant and Jat is, well, not, they understand each other. But not everyone in Jat’s village is able to look beyond Newton’s fearsome appearance, and, when the giants from whom Newton fled arrive looking to properly punish him (and hungry for a snack of humans), the two friends and the rest of the village will learn that the biggest foe of all is fear itself. Newton’s adorable idiosyncrasies and profound wisdom are a bright light in this feel-good story. With sweet illustrations by John Himmelman’s son at the start of each chapter and nods to the classic story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and Roald Dahl’s The BFG, the latest from the prolific author of the Bunjitsu Bunny series is well worth a read. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.