Review: Read children’s book ‘Giant Jumperee’ with glee

“The Giant Jumperee”
“The Giant Jumperee”

One of the lovely things about children’s books are the illustrations. When an author and illustrator team up with a good story and pictures, that’s a book you want to read. Not just kids, but adults, too. And so it is with “The Giant Jumperee,” a new book that is a great choice for children’s summer reading.

“The Giant Jumperee” (Dial/Penguin Young Readers, $17.99, hardcover) is by best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Helen Oxenbury. Donaldson is also the author of “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom.” Oxenbury’s work includes “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” Both author and illustrator live in England.

The Giant Jumperee is what a voice from Rabbit’s burrow declares itself, scaring off other animals except for Mama Frog. It’s a cute, funny story that little kids will enjoy reading and looking at how Oxenbury depicts the outdoor scene visually.

“The Giant Jumperee” could easily make a regular appearance of bedtime story requests.

For a nice summer story to give as a gift or buy for your own child, “The Giant Jumperee” is worthy of a permanent spot on the bookshelf.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan