The Selfish Giant has very pretty pictures but some are a bit scary like the one where the North Wind is blowing at the giant’s window after he throws the children out of his beautiful garden.
The book was quite hard to enjoy because some bits were very frightening and some bits were a bit nice, so your head doesn’t get quite in control. But the best stories are always a bit scary. Like Harry Potter stories and The Warlock’s Hairy Heart.
If you don’t let things scare you, you will find a very nice story because the giant used to be horrible and then he becomes sad and after that he became friendly because of the children.
This is probably not a picture book for children who are too young like under 4s.
[note from Wiggle: The artwork from Alexis Deacon is simply stunning. He has taken a classic fairytale and given it extraordinary depth. The long haired, bearded giant is drawn to look human, frail, angry and is ultimately transformed by love. I loved this book even more than Piggle and think that it’s an instant classic. A must for anyone’s shelves.]
Bookworms out of 10: 9.25 out of 10
You’ll love this book if you like: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon
Reviewed by: Piggle (and a bit of Wiggle)
Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for the review copy.