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School Library Journal
A giant's unsuccessful courtship with the moon leads him to despondence and slumber for hundreds of thousands of years in Mordicai Gerstein's delightful picture book (Roaring Brook Press, 2005). Meanwhile, the quiet town of Pupickton (bellybutton) springs up on the giant's belly. Villagers, cautious not to wake him, resort to unnatural silence until one day a girl named Carolinda Clatter is born. Her cantankerous clatter proves to be the melodious antidote for the lovesick giant who is finally able to bring closure to his restless relations with the moon. The villagers' whispery voices resound like aliens as they try to shush Carolinda, adding dramatic effect and emphasizing the unnatural quality of a town without sound. The subterranean voice of the giant shakes the whole village after Carolinda Clatter noisily wakes him up. While Gerstein's narration perfectly characterizes the giant, Bonnie Kelley-Young's voice doesn't ring true for the spirited girl. Instead of a spunky girl with a strong personality, she becomes a soft-spoken, lilting adult with a sweet manner. The disconnect between the illustrations of Carolinda and her voice is a bit disconcerting. However, the tale is intriguing and demonstrates the power of music to transform noise into melody and fill empty souls with "dreams."
—Ann CrewdsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.