Irony reigns in this droll story as a trepidatious green snail named Jumpy Jack consults his frightful-looking blue buddy. "There could be a monster nearby and I'm scared of monsters," Jumpy Jack admits. "Don't be ridiculous," says Googily. As the pals wend their way through flowery meadows and head home for tea, Jumpy Jack reiterates his fear, asking Googily to check in a wading pool, under the supper table, under one of their twin beds (Jumpy Jack's has a snail-accessible ramp), etc. Each time Jumpy Jack's description of the dreaded monster grows closer to Googily himself ("It might have sharp teeth and horrible scary hair.... two fingers on each hand... [an] awful tongue"). Acting out each scenario, Googily provides quaint reassurance. "I don't know where you get your ideas," he says, or "Dear, oh, dear... What an imagination you have!" As in Meet Wild Boars, Rosoff and Blackall make a waggish team in the Laurie Keller mold, with Rosoff comically understating the obvious and Blackall providing visual punch lines. For all Jumpy Jack's naïveté and Googily's weirdness, they make a winsome pair. Ages 3-8. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Jumpy Jack & Googilyby Meg Rosoff
Meet Jumpy Jack, a very nervous snail who's afraid of monsters, and Googily, who is awell, who is a very good friend, indeed. Wherever they go, Googily kindly checks high and low just to make sure there are no scary monsters about. But as every child knows, monsters come in many shapes and sizes. Some are even blue with hairy eyebrows and pointy teeth./i>
Meet Jumpy Jack, a very nervous snail who's afraid of monsters, and Googily, who is awell, who is a very good friend, indeed. Wherever they go, Googily kindly checks high and low just to make sure there are no scary monsters about. But as every child knows, monsters come in many shapes and sizes. Some are even blue with hairy eyebrows and pointy teeth.
Jumpy Jack & Googily is a universal story of friendship and fear of the unknown told with wit and charm by the fantastic team who created the irresistible Meet Wild Boars.
PreS-Gr 2- Jumpy Jack is a snail with buck teeth and a paralyzing fear of monsters. His friend Googily is a round, blue creature with sharp teeth, wild eyebrows, tentacle-like fingers, a bowler hat, and a kind heart. As they make their way home through a sunlit landscape, Jumpy Jack repeatedly stops and asks his friend to check for monsters before they proceed. Googily patiently complies, and there is much visual humor in the contrast between his large features looming up from behind windows and doors ("No monsters here! Or here!") and the snail's relieved response: "Phew!" This contrast also highlights the irrationality of Jumpy Jack's fears, and the power of a trusted friend to allay them. At the end of the day, the pals settle down to sleep, and it's Jack's turn to reassure Googily. The interplay between the two creates a wonderfully safe space for children to explore their fears. Youngsters will quickly pick up on the repetition, and the story may provide an opportunity for them to discuss their own "monsters." The text, which consists entirely of dialogue, employs a formal elevated tone that gently chides Jumpy Jack's childish fears, adding an element of dry humor. The illustrations are filled with whimsical details, from Googily's dapper wardrobe to the characters' matching dolls. The calm, slightly muted palette, along with the friendly expressiveness of the protagonists' faces, sends the subtle message that there is truly nothing here to fear.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD
“* They make a winsom pair.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
“* Filled with whimsical details.” School Library Journal, starred review
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- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
MEG ROSOFF is the author of Meet Wild Boars, as well as the author of the novels How I Live Now, winner of the Printz Award, and Just in Case, winner of the Carnegie Medal. She lives in London, England, with her husband and daughter.
SOPHIE BLACKALL has illustrated many books for young readers, including Meet Wild Boars, Summer Is Summer, and the Ivy and Bean books. She is the recipient of the Society of Illustrators Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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This book has great illustrations and a hilarious story line. Most children's books these days are bland and/or resort to potty talk. A refreshingly fun book to read to children. A great book that deals with childhood fears.