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The Secret History of Giants

The Secret History of Giants

Fall 2008 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Ari Berk
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0763640477
Hardcover Price: $16.99
Review:
For those silly grownups who don't believe giants are real, and the kids who have always known they're wrong, the evidence is very carefully presented by the Secret Order which has kept track of the existence of giants for centuries. The very best imaginary reference books have a conspiratorial air that allows readers to think they have bought the last copy of a rare text. This one succeeds on all counts. The age-old covenant between humans and Huldur ("hidden ones" to those unschooled in giant lore) has been damaged and the goal of the book is to reacquaint us with the history and nobility of our hidden neighbors. Berk has written a brilliant, incredibly well illustrated, ethnography of giants for kids. Everything from giant recipes to their literature (and the fiend named Jack) is covered. A good way to become a giant expert is to read this book, and then read it again. An excellent primer to aid those bound for Middle Earth.
Drego Little   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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