As a child it would very disappointing to find out that there really isn’t a Santa Clause or that being granted three wishes and none of them come true. In this book Where Giants Hide a girl is looking for those so called; fairies, pixies, unicorns, trolls, and of course giants. To her disappointment she can’t find anyone of these creatures, she questions do they really exist?. By the end of the story she and you realize that it is your imagination, dream and bring them to life through a story.
The illustrations are bright and delightful, the bold use of primary colours captures your attention making it perfect for story time in a preschool. The characters are creatively illustrated, and poke fun at magical ideas such as a broom that can fly, by having a mermaid or unicorn sitting on it.
For some reason the little yellow pixies made me think of a martian, then poof the Great Gazoo from The Flinstone’s cartoon popped into my head. Some imaginary creatures never leave you, it’s been awhile (more than 20 years) since I’ve watched any cartoons. The above Flinstone utube cartoon is simply illustrated with bold colours for the main character and solid colours for the background, very effective when enhancing a subject. Similar to that of Mij Kelly and Ross Collins book “Where Giants Hide”.
Use primary colours to capture attention; red in the foreground and a blue background gives the illusion of depth.
I would recommend this book for everyone’s library, bedtime or daytime remember to dream, and dream big. Like the girl in the book says “I can dream it alive”.