Where the Giant Sleeps (Hardcover)

By Mem Fox, Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, 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.

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)