Watch Out! A Giant!

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Overview

Master storyteller Eric Carle spins an old-fashioned fairy tale in this exciting novelty book packed with flaps and diecuts. Two children pretend they unwittingly wander into the garden of a giant who is hungry and looking for something tasty to eat. So begins a suspenseful chase through the multiple trapdoors, secret passages, and underground tunnels in the giant's house until the children are safely back home. Eric Carle has brilliantly illustrated the story with flaps that work on both sides of the page, giving the story an added level of suspense and excitement. First published in a slightly different format, and not available since 1978, this new edition is a must-have for Eric Carle fans everywhere.
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Master cut-paper artist Eric Carle takes us on a lively lip-the-flap fantasy, in which two children attempt escape from a hungry giant. After Mom warns them to stay in the yard, the two kids start to see huge objects and are caught by a giant looking for his evening meal. When the enormous man locks them both up in his castle's dungeon, the two begin their daring escape through doors, tunnels, and passages, all the while dodging lurking creatures. Carle's artwork is as original as ever, and double-sided flaps reveal plenty of fun objects and scary faces. Sure to excite fans of Carle's artwork and those who love giant tales, Watch Out! A Giant! is a mighty addition for story times or role playing.
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Eric Carle takes readers on an interactive romp as two children run for their lives in Watch Out! A Giant!, which was first published in 1978. Flaps that lift to show pages underneath aid the journey through Carle's distinctive collages. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689849640
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.69 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of more than seventy books for children, many of them bestsellers. Born in Syracuse, New York, he moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the Academy of Graphic Arts in Stuttgart before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an international advertising agency. His first two books, 1,2,3 to the Zoo and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, gained him immediate international recognition. The latter title, now considered a modern classic, has sold more than 30 million copies and has been translated into forty-eight languages. Eric Carle and his wife, Barbara, divide their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys.

Biography

Ever since he began innovating the look and function of children's stories in the late 1960s, Eric Carle has remained an author whose stories reliably hit the bestseller lists and remain on kids' bookshelves through generations.

He began as a designer of promotions and ads, and one illustration of a red lobster helped jump-start his career. The lobster caught the eye of author Bill Martin, Jr.; Martin asked Carle to illustrate the now-classic 1967 title Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and a career was born.

Born in Syracuse, New York but brought by his immigrant parents back to Germany when he was six, Carle was educated in Stuttgart and designed posters for the United States Information Center there after graduating from art school. He finally returned to the country he missed so much as a child in 1952.

He eventually began procuring work on children's titles, and found himself becoming increasingly involved in them. "I felt something of my own past stirring in me," he wrote in a 2000 essay. "An unresolved part of my own education needed reworking, and I began to make books -- books for myself, books for the child in me, books I had yearned for. I became my own teacher -- but this time an understanding one."

He began his career with the 1968 title 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo; but his next title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is what still endears him to young readers today. Employing his bright, collage style and lending an immediacy to the tale by manifesting the caterpillar's hunger in actual holes in the pages, Carle began what would be a long career of creative approaches to simple stories. From the chirp emerging from The Very Quiet Cricket to the delightful fold-out pages in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, Carle's books provide surprises that make his stories come alive in ways that many titles for preschoolers do not.

Carle's style, with its diaphanous, busy and bold artwork, is perfect for engaging new readers. His stories are also popular with parents and educators for their introductions to the natural world and its cycles. It's a particular pleasure to follow Carle into different corners of the world and see what can be learned from the creatures who live in them.

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Regularly asked where he gets his ideas, Carle is quoted on his publisher's web site as responding: "Of course, the question of where ideas come from is the most difficult of all. Some people like to say they get ideas when they're in the shower. That's always a very entertaining answer, but I think it's much deeper than that. It goes back to your upbringing, your education, and so forth." He does say, however, that the idea for The Very Hungry Caterpillar came when he whimsically began punching holes in some paper, which suggested to him a bookworm at work. His editor later suggested he change the bookworm to a caterpillar, and the rest is history.

Carle was unhappy to be in Germany when his immigrant parents brought him back there as a child. He hated his new school and wanted to go back to America. He said: "When it became apparent that we would not return, I decided that I would become a bridge builder. I would build a bridge from Germany to America and take my beloved German grandmother by the hand across the wide ocean."

Before he became a freelance illustrator and began working on children's books, Carle worked as a graphic designer for the New York Times and as art director of an ad agency.

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    1. Hometown:
      Northampton, Massachusetts and the Berkshires
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 25, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Syracuse, New York
    1. Education:
      Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste, Stuttgart, 1946-50
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