A fun romp…
High energy, punchy sentences, and wit mark Isac’s charming picture book, a tale about a young shepherd boy taking on a cruel giant. In the valleys of England, a menacing giant and his one-eyed ram are disrupting locals’ lives by stealing their livestock. When they kidnap a pair of shepherd brothers, the youngest brother, Jonny, knows he must devise a plan to rescue his brothers. After the giant is defeated, the brothers return with the giant’s rams, but the king wants the animals for himself. What will Jonny do? There’s an easygoing, reassuring rhythm to Isac’s storytelling, and the brisk narrative infused with a meaningful emotional arc keeps the reader engaged. The clearly wrought characters, including the one-eyed ram easily capture readers’ hearts while Savin’s vividly drawn, brightly colored illustrations warm the accessible text. This charming book about family bonds, bravery, and keeping one’s wits in the face of difficult circumstances is a must-have for young readers’ bookshelves.
By Alina Isac (Author), Livia Savin (Illustrator)
Pub date January 25, 2021
Price $14.99 (Paperback, $19.99 Hardcover, $5.06 Kindle edition