The Giant Jumperee by Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury

When author Julia Donaldson of the awesome ‘Gruffalo’ (among others!) fame, and Helen Oxenbury, creator of some of my favourite children’s books of all time (‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ – need I say more!) team up, you know it’s going to be a winner!
Throughout my own childhood, then as a primary school teacher and parent, picture books have been a staple part of my life.
‘The Giant Jumperee’ has all the essentials for success; repetitive language and rhyme that can be remembered and sung along too at the many re-readings; beautiful illustrations in bright colours; the delicious fear factor of the mysterious voice in the burrow; fun animal characters that all get along – and at the end a mum who isn’t scared of anything(!), and a child who goes home for tea!
What delightful fantasy! Count me in!
4 out of 5 stars.


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