James, a young English boy, journeys to the fairy-tale world of princes and princesses, witches and fairies, giants and giant-killers, and invades the lair of the last giant to free a princess from an evil spell. “Here is a bright successor to Bed-Knob and Broomstick and the Borrowers books. Coupled with the inspired pictures, the story is witty, exciting, and most unusual.”Publishers Weekly
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||First Magic Carpet Boks Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.35(d)|
|Age Range:||11 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I was looking for Bed-knob and Broomstick to purchase, I came across this title by Mary Norton. The title grabbed my attention, but the illustrator, Brian Froud, made me want to buy the book. Visions of Labyrinth danced through my head -- hello, Goblin King! So, of course, I bought the book. And read it. And loved it. Are All the Giants Dead? serves a healthy dose of fantasy to the imaginative and brings to life (and ages) many favorite fairy tale characters. For example, Beauty of Beauty and the Beast, left behind her svelte figure and took on middle-aged proportions not very different from mine. I had to love that. The book is a great romp as a read. It also was surprisingly educational. I thought Jack-of-the-Beanstalk was Jack-the-Giant-Killer. Not so! They originally were two separate people. Clearly, I am not the only one who mixed them up, because a movie came out last year entitled Jack the Giant Killer, but is about Jack of the Beanstalk. The illustrations are perfect -- as can be expected from tone of the best illustrators of goblins, hobgoblins and fairies of our age. Visions of Labyrinth will dance through your head.
This is a marvelously original story. The main character James is a thoroughly believable young boy who is confronted with the people of the old fairy tales. Bit by bit, the explanation of what is going on unfolds with the plot, and both are accompanied by great illustrations by Brian Froud, a personal favorite. This book is a treat on many levels. Read it and enjoy it for yourself!