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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Giant by Greg Trine asks what if the Giant wasn’t trapped up in the clouds? What if instead the Giant held onto the beanstalk and took a ride down, looking for a soft spot to land the entire way? What would happen if the Giant found a soft enough place to land and promptly forgot who he was? Jump into this book and find out what happens when that happens and our Giant meets an amazing 10-year-old named Sam.
So, I was excited to read Giant by Greg Trine because Jack and the Beanstalk was one of my all-time favorite stories as a kid. I thought it would be a great one to read over Zoom with my friend's child, and I was right! Sam did something I always wanted to do when I was a kid; he ran away and joined the circus. I mean how cool is that? Best yet, we get to see a spunky great kid, Sam, take on Jack to help get the Giant's stuff back! This really is such a fun and playful story. It is cute and quirky, but like all kids’ books also has a lesson to teach. As an adult, I found this story great fun, and a different take on Jack and the Beanstalk. As a kid, my friend's little one seemed to absolutely enjoy the imagery conjured up by a Giant belly-flopping into a pool, among other things. The bottom line is that no matter how old you are, this book is a great read.