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The Giant Jumperee Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-04-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0735227977
LANGUAGE:English

" My oldest niece brought this over to show me. She had selected it for two of the younger kids in our extended family. She liked the art and thought it would be fun to read aloud. I agree. And, it provides a good opportunity to talk about fears. e.g, Why was the elephant afraid? " said.

"Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury in one book?! It's almost too good to be true. This book combines the suspense and humor of Donaldson's best work with the gentle playfulness of Oxenbury's and it is just wonderful. This is truly all good things wrapped into one. There is suspense. There are cute animals. There is humor. There is a surprise ending. When I had re-read this for about the tenth time I did find myself momentarily pondering the choice of putting a bunny, a cat, a bear, and an elephant in one space, but the childhood joy that scampers across each page makes me really not care about the impossibility of such a meeting of animals. This is a must read. The perfect amount of humor and suspense for your younger elementary school crowd, but gentle and cozy enough for your toddlers and preschoolers. " said.

" Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.This is a typical Julia Donaldson, and that's a good thing. The story is short, well written and with a twist that the kids love! There's no Axel Scheffler and there's less rhyming than her other books, but the story is sweet with enough characters to keep the reader busy voicing them all! " said.

"With words from Julia Donaldson and illustrations from Helen Oxenbury this lovely picture book brings together two of my favourite creators. The story is simple but effective, the mysterious Giant Jumperee is striking fear into a whole range of animals terrified by its varied threats. There are rhyming sections of text within the book rather than the whole story being told in rhyme - it still has a lovely pattern and rhythm and is lovely to read aloud. I liked this a lot and am looking forward to sharing it with little ones." said.

" love this book! Has similarities to 'The Gruffalo' which I love, so it feels familiar when reading it which is nice.


This book has a lot of potential for teaching in the classroom. It has lots of exciting adjectives so as a teacher, I could see it being used to teach children about adjectives. In addition to this is has rhyming words so can be used as a text for children to identify rhyme.

With regards to the actual story- it is a heartwarming, funny and friendly little book. I love the name 'Giant Jumperee' and the fact that you can't see what the creature is- it keeps the children in suspense while they wait to find out what creature the jumperee is. It takes a brave 'mummy frog' to discover who it is- showing that being big doesn't always mean you're going to be brave. I can't wait to add this to my Donaldson collection!
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"I was given this as an arc on netgalley for an honest review. when I saw this on netgalley I knew I had to read it as my 3 year old daughter absolutely loves all Julia's other books including the gruffalo so I knew she would love this one just as much. the story is nice and short so kept her attention and also the twist at the end was brilliant. the story doesn't rhyme as much as her other books but this doesn't take away anything from the story. the artwork is also nice and my daughter loved looking at them. this is going to be a new favourite for bed time reading and everyone who loves Julia's other books will love this one as well." said.

"This lovely book is the latest children's book from author of the famous Gruffalo children's book and illustrator of famous children's book from my younger days, We're Going On A Bear Hunt. Quite a team!

The story is short and beautifully crafted with simple language for children but enough mystery at who the Giant Jumperee is to keep them wanting you to read on!

The drawings are gorgeous and simply show the best work of Helen's talents encouraging children to ask and learn about the animals involved in the story.

As a huge animal fan myself, owning a rabbit, having a frog who lives in our garden, cat's roaming in our street and a love of elephants, personally the drawings were great for me too as the characters are a mix of them plus a bear!

I'm sure any child who loves animals will fall in love with this book and remember it fondly for years too come.

This book was sent to me for review from the publishers and I'm so happy and sure any young child would love this book!
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" One of those stories that builds upon itself. Very fun to read aloud and beautiful (watercolor?) illustrations. From advanced reader copy. " said.

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