How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?: A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up Book

How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?: A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up Book

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by Caitlin Friedman

Kids are never too young to learn about helping others—that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to step up.

When a boy named Oscar discovers a giant—a very hungry giant holding a sign that says “Food Please”—in his backyard, he knows he can’t turn his back on him Yet it’s not easy feeding a hungry


Kids are never too young to learn about helping others—that when people are in need, the right thing to do is to step up.

When a boy named Oscar discovers a giant—a very hungry giant holding a sign that says “Food Please”—in his backyard, he knows he can’t turn his back on him Yet it’s not easy feeding a hungry giant. A whole pizza disappears in a single gulp. Twelve blueberry muffins, 33 jars of peanut butter, 197 chocolate chip cookies—all just an appetizer. So what is little Oscar to do? Just how do you feed a hungry giant?

In this warmly illustrated and interactive picture book, the reader gets to help Oscar feed the giant. But despite Oscar’s best efforts—he cleaned out the fridge AND the pantry!—the giant still remains hungry. That’s when mom comes to the rescue. She has eight great recipes, including Mega-Pigs in Blanket, Jumbo Fries, The Biggest Burger in the World, Ginormous Blueberry Muffin. Each serves one giant—or eight kids. Yes, the “feed a giant” recipes are included in the book, printed in a separate 8-page mini cookbook, and are ideal for a kid’s party.

So how do you feed a hungry giant? With giant food. And a giant heart.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A gentle giant clothed in patchwork clothing appears in a boy’s front yard carrying a sign that says, “Food Please.” The giant gobbles an entire pizza, slurps up 15 bottles of chocolate milk from a kiddie pool, and consumes 197 cookies, but remains hungry. Luckily, the boy’s mother is willing to help. The well-integrated interactive elements—pop-ups, tabs, and flaps—add an extra touch of fun to this lighthearted story about compassion, which unfolds through the boy’s breathless narration (“Seriously, you’re not going to believe this”) and his dog’s sardonic commentary. Recipes for “a hungry giant or eight little kids” are included. Ages 4�8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
I wish I liked this book more than I do. There is a circular indentation at the top of the front cover that appears to have something inside. When pulled up, it becomes the top half of a giant man. On the first page Oscar, the young protagonist, greets the reader and introduces his dog, Cowgirl, who has the best lines in the book. The scene moves to the outside where the giant, much larger than the house, is holding a sign asking for food. For the next few pages young Oscar empties the house of food for the hungry giant. The quantity of food he carries outside for the giant is incredible, and the sentence, "Seriously, you're not going to believe this" is repeated so often it becomes annoying. The movable features include a pull-tab that enables the giant to flip over a sign that says "food" on one side and "please" on the other. On another page, with the aid of a pull-tab, the giant sits on the lawn drinking chocolate milk from a child's swimming pool with a garden hose. The last huge pop-up features the giant sitting next to Oscar's tiny mother at the dining room table with Oscar sitting on one shoulder and Cowgirl on the other. A three-page cookbook for a hungry giant (or eight little kids) is taped onto the inside front cover. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Young Oscar opens the back door to find himself staring at an enormous ankle. Frightened but curious, he investigates the creature standing out on the lawn. The sad, silent giant holds up a sign that reads, "Food Please." Eager to help, Oscar repeatedly raids the kitchen, counting up delectable treats. Among them are 3 bunches of green grapes, 15 bottles of chocolate milk, 33 jars of peanut butter, and 50 strawberry yogurts. These numbers will leave readers pondering the size of the household, the capacity of the refrigerator, and the monthly food budget. Two hundred chocolate chip cookies are consumed and some wonky math appears in the text, but who's counting? Kids will enjoy watching the pull-tab action as the giant slurps milk through a pipe, though they will wonder about the strength of his digestive juices as the next illustration shows him eating a plastic marshmallow bag, paper muffin cups, and the peanut-butter jars. In the end Oscar's mom jumps in to help, and the giant is satiated at last. The blocky, colorful illustrations carry the text along, and the stylized trees add depth and interest to the backyard. A small pamphlet of recipe cards is included. Fun fare, but not a favorite.—Heather Acerro, Rochester Public Library, MN
Kirkus Reviews
A dismayed lad learns that 10 slices of pizza, 33 jars of peanut butter and 200 cookies are only hors d'oeuvres for a peckish giant. What to do? Looking decidedly woebegone in Nielsen's very simple, graphic-style illustrations, the towering giant that silently appears in the backyard sports a reversible sign: "Food" on one side, "Please" on the other. With repeated choruses of "Seriously, you aren't going to believe this," and "It's back to the kitchen for me," the well-intentioned young narrator nearly empties his astonishingly well-stocked fridge. (His dog, Cowgirl, provides a running side commentary: "That's one thirsty giant.") Until, at last, Mom steps in and sets to work concocting a "Ginormous Blueberry Muffin," "Mega-Pigs in Blankets" and like oversized dishes--all of which are provided with reasonably nutritious "Recipes for a hungry giant (or 8 little kids)" on a flimsy detachable flier. Besides the aforementioned signboard, the sparse but well-designed moveable parts include a pull-up giant on the front cover, a swimming pool filled with chocolate milk that's slurped up thanks to a pull tab and a big climactic pop-up of the now-smiling giant contemplating a table filled with properly scaled chow. The diminutive humans' unhesitating generosity to one in need adds a warm glow to this gourmand's delight. (Pop-up. 6-8)
Pamela Paul
Nielsen's illustrations are sweet and uncomplicated, and Friedman ably channels the voice of a 6-year-old.
—The New York Times

Product Details

Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years


Meet the Author

Caitlin Friedman is the author of The Girl’s Guide series and other books. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

Shaw Nielsen was educated in San Francisco at the Academy of Art and currently resides in Denver.

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How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant?: A Munch-and-Sip Pop-Up Book 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JeSuisAware More than 1 year ago
A fun popup book about a boy (and his dog) trying to feed a giant he finds outside his house. It's a fun short story appropriate for any kid (or curious adult). The giant in it looks like a regular man and is not scary in any way. The hardest words you'll find in the story are "lightning", "marshmallow", and "seriously". This popup book features nine interactive items or pop-ups and also contains a pamphlet of recipes featuring food items described in the story itself. I have not made the recipes but they are for giant sized portions of a - burger, cheese crackers, broccolini & cheese, chocolate-chip cookie, fries, blueberry muffin, pigs in a blanket and pasta. Most of the recipes have you make the food from scratch and make 8 servings.
Sila77 More than 1 year ago
It's a light and fun story about a little boy with a giant heart. The illustrations and pull tabs are adorable and interactive, there's a mini recipe book included, and the little boy has a dog name Cowgirl, whose side comments are pretty darn funny! I gave this to a friend's son and we had so much fun reading it together. My friend's son is an only child and I particularly liked the messages of sharing and caring.
NatX More than 1 year ago
For the answer to this fundamental question, you and your kids need to read Friedman's interactive book about a boy's most amazing day ever. At story time every night, my two sons have been wrestling over who gets to pull out the tabs, open the windows, and peek through the doors at the hungry giant outside. Plus, you haven't lived until you and your kids have baked a ginormous chocolate chip cookie--one of the wonderful recipes included with the book. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago