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Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite
Walter and the Giant Vegetables by Barbara Hyslop is a short story about Walter, a farmer's dog. Walter is afraid of something, but it is not a mythical creature that nightmares are made of. Instead, he is afraid of giant vegetables. Walter dreams of vegetables that are so big that they could crush him or eat him up. The thought of these abnormally huge vegetables keeps him awake at night, makes him lose his appetite, and has his owner worried that he might be sick. A visit to the doctor could not cure him, and a trip to the beach did not distract him. What will help Walter get rid of this fear? Find out in this lovely story.
What can I say? Walter and the Giant Vegetables by Barbara Hyslop is a beautifully written book, and I loved it from the first word to the last. The story is cute, and the illustrations make the tale easy to follow. The pictures were colorful and attractive, which is perfect for the target audience of toddlers. Walter is a lovable character facing a crisis, just as we all do with our pets. He could not voice his troubles, but because of the wonderful connection he shares with his owner, Walter was able to find a solution to his problem. This is a great book to add to your child's bedtime collection of books. I loved the final lesson at the end of the book about how many things come in different sizes. This should not cause us to fear things or people because of their size, because we are also giants in our way.