Where the Giant Sleeps

Where the Giant Sleeps

By Mem Fox; Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152057855, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2007


Do ogres snore? Do pirates have blankies? Do fairies suck their thumbs? We may never know the answers to these questions. But if we're lucky--and very observant--we might be able to catch a glimpse ofsome fantastic creatures, all fast asleep. Insoothing rhyme, bestselling author Mem Fox explores the sleeping habits of our favorite inhabitants from the world of fairy tales. Vladimir Radunsky fills a dreamy, picturesque landscape with surprising and fun details. Fairies, wizards, goblins, and even children all find peace under the same bright moon.

About the Author
MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including "The Maestro Plays" by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie's "Howdi Do." He is also the author-illustrator of "10" (ten) and (with Chris Raschka) of "Table Manners."
The children whose quotes appear in this book all attend The Ambrit International School in Rome. This is their first book.

Praise For Where the Giant Sleeps

* "Radunsky makes a strong bid for another New York Times Best Illustrated honor, setting Fox’s brief, murmurous bedtime rhyme to dreamy close-ups of an archipelago revealed in the first spread to be a sleeping giant. Seen through the telescope of a child who snuggles into bed at the end, a fairy dozes in the grove of trees that is the giant’s hair, a goblin hugs its teddy bear in a haystack, witches sleep in a house on one thigh-shaped peninsula and a dragon snores atop a lighthouse on the other, as an ogre “takes a rest from roaring” on a passing ship. Only the elves are awake, “sewing with all their might, / to make a quilt of moons and stars / to wrap you in . . . tonight.” Casting dim moonlight over drowsy forms made with cloudy edges and soft colors, the artist expertly captures the poem’s tone and makes the slide down into dreamland well-nigh inevitable. (Picture book. 3-5)" --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)