Miami Giant

Miami Giant

by Arthur Yorinks
     
 

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A whimsical childrens book that adults can enjoy, with illustrations by the famous artist Maurice Sendak. It tells the story of the explorer Giuseppe Giaweeni, who left Italy to look for China but landed in Miami, where he discovered a lost tribe of dancing giants, the dancing Mishbookers! He takes them back to Europe and arranges a performance of the dancing Miami…  See more details below

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A whimsical childrens book that adults can enjoy, with illustrations by the famous artist Maurice Sendak. It tells the story of the explorer Giuseppe Giaweeni, who left Italy to look for China but landed in Miami, where he discovered a lost tribe of dancing giants, the dancing Mishbookers! He takes them back to Europe and arranges a performance of the dancing Miami Giant in Paris, but things go awry there, & so Giaweeni takes him gack to Miami.

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Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
In Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks has found a perfect illustrator for his offbeat, very funny view of an alternative to Christopher Columbus. In The Miami Giants, an explorer finds Miami Beach instead of Hispaniola. The race of giants living there bears more than a slight resemblance to Sendak's Wild Things. This book is fun.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4Children will need a knowledge of history and a pretty sophisticated sense of humor to enjoy this book to its fullest; it's apparent that Yorinks and Sendak had a fabulous time creating it, but something seems to have been lost in the translation. Explorer Guiseppe Giaweeni leaves Italy to look for China with the King and Queen's blessing``And don't be a stranger'' ringing in his ears. Instead of China, he discovers Miami and a lost tribe of Giants called the Mishbookers who reside there. After some horse trading and fast talking, Giaweeni convinces Joe to return to Europe with him. Joe is billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World and, after much anticipation, performs before a packed theater. Unfortunately, the people in the audience misinterpret Joe's dance and, thinking he's gone berserk, flee for their lives. Giaweeni returns the giant to his family and heads out to discover new lands. And the Mishbookers, well, they moved to Long Island, ``But this is not a proven fact.'' The Yiddish phrases, sprinkled throughout the narrative, provide much of the story's amusement. Sendak's watercolors overflow the pages, with larger-than-life characters and activities. Visual puns, such as a boot stepping on a china plate, add to the book's broad humor. The text's comic patter partnered with the slapstick illustrations are reminiscent of a vaudeville actthere's a lot of adult humor here, and quite a bit that kids will find downright silly.Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Hazel Rochman
Two giants of children's literature tell a comic-book story of a Gulliver-Columbus-knight, who discovers the Jewish natives of Miami in all their primitive splendor. Giaweeni leaves Italy to look for China, but he swerves a little and "brilliantly" stumbles on a lost tribe of dancing giants, the Mishbookers of Miami. They "led a simple primitive life. They ate. They slept. They went bowling." He shows them the modern wonders of the telescope and iced tea. They show him their beads and comfortable beach chairs. He brings a giant back alive to become a star in Europe, but the show bombs, and the giant goes back home to Miami. Some of the in-jokes and the parody, verbal and visual, will be more appealing to adults than young children. But the exaggerated illustrations have the elemental appeal of the cheerful vulgarity of stand-up comedy and of sports and celebrity hype. The discovery quest is a sly commentary on all our exotic stereotypes. The European nobles are as brash as the Miami natives; in fact, the two groups look a lot alike, and both sometimes bear a distinct resemblance to those Wild Things we all know.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062050687
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
Michael di Capua Bks.
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.41(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile:
270L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 11 Years

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