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Robert Munsch.
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko.

Toronto, Annick Press, c1983.
unpaged, paper, $10.95 (paperbound boards), $4.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-920236-62-6 (paperbound boards), 0-920236-64-2 (paper).

Grades K-3
Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick.

Volume 12 Number 1
1984 January

Having a giant for a father might have some drawbacks, but as Robert Munsch's new book makes clear, it also has advantages. David's father uses a spoon as big as a shovel and a knife as big as a flag pole. At first these implements frighten Julie, just as David's father's huge size does. But when David and Julie go for a walk with the giant, he proves his value in stopping traffic, getting attention from storekeepers and chasing away bullies. Munsch has another winner in this appealing story. The colourful illustrations by Michael Martchenko complement the story well. It is unfortunate that the brief text was printed in small type and placed in the centre of bare white left-hand pages. If the text had been integrated more closely with the illustration, children might be more likely to read the story rather than waiting for an adult to read aloud or just following the illustrations. Nonetheless, strongly recommended. .

Adele M. Fasick, Faculty of Library and Information Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.
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