Author: Yolen, Jane
Under Grandpa's watchful eye, the kids are thrilled to discover that the craggy rocks, tufted grass, and windswept trees on Giant Island are much more than they seem. Are the children the first to fathom this huge secret, or does Grandpa have a secret of his own?
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
The Hornbook (00/09/22)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2022 The prolific, award-winning Yolen crafts an ingenious magic trick of a book here, where a big part of the fun is catching on to what the protagonists are standing on and exploring long before they do. A boy and a girl row out to a tiny circular island with their grandfather. As the grandfather fishes, the kids wander around the lush, tufty space and climb down into a cave filled with boulders and sea creatures. As the illustrations zoom out from the island, readers see that the landmass is gradually rising, revealing a giant eye within a craggy face and, below the surface, a giant blowing bubbles for the kids to play in. The illustrations, done in gouache and colored pencils, are wonderful in conveying a seemingly naturalistic surface into a magical one. This giant is a friendly one, and readers will want to return again and again to see how the slow reveal is pulled off. Delightful. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.