- Non Fiction
The Giant and The Three Dwarves by Eylem Tok
List Price: £8.99
Paperback: 16 Pages.
Published: 30 November 2016 by Austin Macauley Publishers
Tired and hungry after a long journey, three dwarves knock on the door of a big, spooky house. They soon discover it belongs to a giant! Join them as they figure out how to outwit him and escape!
by Debra Found
Perhaps a Little Long
This is a fairly traditional style folk tale. Three dwarves (Hop, Skip
& Jump) arrive at a giant's house and need to outwit him so that he
won't eat them. So all through the night Skip stays awake asking the
giant for ever more difficult items which will supposedly enable him to
sleep. The giant tries to find these items in the hope that Skip will go
to sleep and then the giant can eat the three dwarves. Obviously, as
with all good folk tales, the giant is outwitted and the dwarves escape.
an adult we know that the giant could easily have eaten the three
dwarves or tied them up at any point in the preceedings. However, this
just never seems to happen! The author is Turkish so I presume that this
is a traditional turkish folk tale. It would have been nice if a little
bit about the originas of the story were included in an appendix for
the adult to explain to the child. There are similar stories in many
I enjoyed reading this book. It is just a little long for
younger children but certainly suitable to be read to four or five year
olds. Each double page has a picture spread across them with the writing
printed over the picture on one of the two pages. This gives plenty of
pictures for the younger reader/listener. The language is simple but
with a good variety of adjectives and verbs which help to expand a
child's vocabulary. For example instead of the giant being angry all the
time he is fuming, flabbergasted and cross as well as grumbling and
I like this book very much but think it could have
done with being just a little shorter. Children do struggle with poor
attention spans and I think the more reluctant story listener may be put
off by the amount of text.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.