Twin Giants

Twin Giants

by Dick King-Smith, Mini Grey
     
 

When twin giants set out in search of happiness, the result is a comedy of errors that is doubly clever and enormously funny.

"Isn’t he e-nor-mous!" says the giant father when his first twin son is born. "There’s a-lot-uv-’im!" notes the giant mother when the second twin boy arrives. And as Normus (a vegetarian) and

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When twin giants set out in search of happiness, the result is a comedy of errors that is doubly clever and enormously funny.

"Isn’t he e-nor-mous!" says the giant father when his first twin son is born. "There’s a-lot-uv-’im!" notes the giant mother when the second twin boy arrives. And as Normus (a vegetarian) and Lottavim (a carnivore) grow and grow, the two are hugely happy — playing Roll the Boulder, singing badly, and doing everything together. But when the day comes for the hulking lads to seek the giantesses of their dreams, will going their separate ways only lead them into double trouble?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Candice Ransom
"Once upon a mountain, there lived two brother giants." So begins the story of Lottavim and Normus, twin giants who do everything together. They read the same books, sleep and wake at the same time, and even sneeze in the same instant. From their cave on top of Mountain 1, they play Roll the Boulder and run races. The only difference between them is that Normus is a vegetarian and Lottavim eats meat. When they are grown, they realize (at the same time, of course) they need wives and set out on a quest to find perfect mates. Crisp language and zippy dialogue keep King-Smith's original fairy tale moving forward with giant strides. Short chapters named by the mountains the twins climb in their search are augmented by maps of their journey. Mini Grey's quirky illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny, particularly the vignettes of people and animals interacting with the giants. The happily-ever-after story of true brotherly love makes a great read-aloud. For newly independent readers, the chapter book format is just the right size. Reviewer: Candice Ransom
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- Twin giants are born on a mountaintop and named (E)Normus and (There's a)Lottavim by their proud parents. The boys are identical and enjoy the same things (except that one is a vegetarian). They race up and down mountains, roll boulders, and sing off-key at the top of their lungs. On the same day, at age 20, they decide that the time has come to seek wives. Pursuing two giantesses is no easy task, and the brothers find slim pickings. After a search over seven mountains, a few proposals, and a couple cases of mistaken identity, the two find the perfect mates. Delightful illustrations in ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and digital collage are engaging and add much to the somewhat convoluted story. This is an early romance chapter-book for newly independent readers, made more appealing by its artwork.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Two bachelor giants set out in search of wives in this droll and handsomely presented offering. Except that one's a vegetarian and one's not, Normus and Lottavim ("There's a-lot-uv-'im!" said his mother at first gander) are as close as twins can be-so one day, they simultaneously get the idea that it's time for marriage. They split up, deciding that they'll have better luck if they look separately, and this allows for plenty of comical conversations as they approach the same candidates at different times. Printed on heavy, very white paper, the generously leaded text and Grey's witty color illustrations-which feature both maps and loudly dressed giants obliviously striding past tiny, quizzical livestock and beleaguered villagers-have an appealing brightness and feel. Ultimately the two meet their matches in twins Georgie and Alexandra-and in time, each happy couple goes on to produce twins. Pity the aforesaid villagers. Recent early-reader graduates with a taste for the tongue-in-cheek will enjoy this amiable episode. (Fantasy. 8-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763635299
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
06/10/2008
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith is the immensely popular author of many books for children, including THE NINE LIVES OF ARISTOTLE, CLEVER LOLLIPOP, LADY LOLLIPOP, and THE SHEEP-PIG, which was later turned into the Oscar-winning movie BABE. He lives in Bristol, England.

Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini Cooper in a car park in Wales. She has written and illustrated several books for children, including TRACTION MAN IS HERE!, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award winner and a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, and THE ADVENTURES OF THE DISH AND THE SPOON, recipient of the 2007 Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Oxford, England.

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