I Will Eat The Moon (Tiny the Giant) by Dom Conlon and Nicola Anderson
|I Will Eat The Moon (Tiny the Giant) by Dom Conlon and Nicola Anderson|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: We've met Tiny before: he's lost none of his confidence but this time the task he's taken on is massive. What's he going to learn, apart from to be very careful when he climbs trees?|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: March 2014|
|External links: Author's website|
We first met Tiny when he was but a young giant and determined to prove that he was big. When all seemed lost he was proved to be right and the day (as well as his pride) was saved. This time he's taken on an even bigger task. He knows that giants need big things to eat and he's got his eyes on the moon. Actually, he's licking his lips, but it doesn't impress the moon...
The moon like a fat piece of pie just laughed. Tiny, it said was almost too small to see. The conversation wasn't quite reduced to 'on your way little boy' but it came very close. And we all know Tiny. That was the sure way to make him even more determined to get what he wanted. To begin with he tried jumping. A friendly cow tried to help, suggesting that she wouldn't mind if Tiny ate her grass, but grass was not what giants ate - and the moon was no closer. You could be forgiven for thinking that Tiny was in just a little bit of a temper when he started climbing the tree. A squirrel offered some acorns, but that only made Tiny moredetermined:
Giants eat mountains
and giants drink storms
but they don't eat acorns
and they don't eat grass
Don't you just love the image of a giant drinking a storm? Even if you'd never met a giant that would tell you all you need to know.
Our giant still had friends though and this time a monkey offered Tiny his bananas, but - if anything - that made Tiny even more determined:
Giants eat cities
and giants drink sunlight
but they don't eat bananas
... and on Tiny climbed. Now everything seemed a long way off - the ground, the moon and the last time he had anything to eat. Looking just a little bit frightened now the young giant continued to climb. An offer from an owl got a predictable response and the inevitable happened when Tiny put his weight on a rotten branch...
This book is feast for the imagination - if not for poor Tiny. Nicola Anderson's pictures are gorgeous - they add to the story - and (if anything) they're even better than the ones she did for I Am A Giant. Dom Conlon's use of words produces some wonderful mental images and they encourage a child to go beyond the obvious. There's still the repetition which encourages a child to 'read' along with the parent and improves memory - and once again the book is quietly educational as Tiny's day is saved by a reflection.
It's a gorgeous book and I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
For more about the moon you might enjoy Shine Moon Shine by David Conway.
You can read more about Dom Conlon here.
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