"Veteran illustrator Maryann Kovalski and experienced writer John Green combine their prodigious talents in Alice And the Birthday Giant, a fantastical tale of - well - a girl whose birthday party is crashed by a huge, hungry giant. Giants, according to both the Narnia Chronicles and Harry Potter series, are extremely pugnacious and ill-tempered. Not so with Alice's friend. He's a one-eyed goombah with a mustache the size and appearance of a motorized street-sweeper, flip-flops the size of large rafts and a belly that has to be seen to believed. After the giant frightens the guests from Alice's birthday soiree - dad has gone in search of a very large net - Alice goes to the library (where else?) for information on how to get the giant back home. There are some funny moments as the librarian misfires - where is Hermione Granger when you need her? - but eventually everything turns out OK.
Kovalski, who's penned classics like The Wheels on the Bus and Rain, Rain and Green, whose familiar to us through his hilarious There's a Dragon in My Closet, have a lot of fun with this one."
- The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario
Excellent text is well supported by colourful pictures by renowned illustrator Maryann Kovalski. Alice's birthday wish for SOMETHING REALLY BIG comes true. Enough surprises and happy, secure resolutions will thrill any 6-8 year old. Colourful and comic illustrations on every page are well matched to the controlled vocabulary and exciting story ensuring the beginner readers' success.