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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Faith, Hope and the Giant is a work of short fiction with fantasy and Christian themes in its adventure plot, and was penned by author John Callison. As the title suggests, three central characters take on the main roles in this charming fantasy tale, uniting against an evil force and finding their place in the world together as a result. The two young girls, Faith and Hope, address issues of fear and friendship as they help a giant who feels terribly out of place to discover love and acceptance. The work is also beautifully illustrated throughout to tell this classic tale of good versus evil with modern and moral undertones.
Author John Callison delivers a biblical message of kindness and acceptance in a very accessible way that children from all walks of life will be able to enjoy. Rich Valley was a beautifully described place through the author’s use of highly atmospheric and image-filled language, but there are also gorgeous color illustrations to help younger readers feel the magic of this fantasy work too. I enjoyed the dialogue and the narrative structure as there was something very classic and nostalgic about it, harkening back to the days of timeless fairytales. The characterization of the central three figures was also distinct, with dialogue that gave them their own unique voices. This would be an excellent read-aloud story, emphasized by parents, guardians, or teachers. Overall, I would highly recommend Faith, Hope and the Giant as a charming work for all the family to enjoy and discuss.