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Big friends
Cuyler, Margery.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Walker & Co., 2004.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Big Hasuni is scared off, after he accidentally destroys a campsite while investigating the plume of smoke rising above an island; only to find a disaster waiting for him at his mountain camp upon his return.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 77506.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Being a big giant and making a big mess can get you into big trouble!

Big Hasuni lives on top of a big mountain with his very big pets, but he is lonely. One day, seeing smoke coming from a distant island, he travels down the mountain and through the ocean to investigate, only to discover an empty campsite very much like his own. There's a lot of trouble that a big giant can get into when no one is around! Set in the wide expanse of Eastern Africa, this wholly fresh and original tale demonstrates how a good laugh can be the beginning of a great friendship. Breathtaking illustrations with sprawling vistas capture the energy and humor of this original tale by a beloved author.

Author Notes

Margery Cuyler is the author of many books for children, including From Here to There , The Little Dump Truck , and That's Good! That's Bad! The idea for That's Good! That's Bad! was inspired by a conversation with her son, Thomas, who asked, "Can't bad things change into good things?" Ms. Cuyler grew up in the oldest house in Princeton, NJ, and started writing stories as soon as she learned how to write. She now lives in the same house with her husband, sons and two cats.

Ezra N. Tucker is the illustrator of Big Friends by Margery Cuyler.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. The story begins on a mountain peak in what looks like east Africa, where Big Hasuni, a lonely giant, lives with his pet lion and elephant. After he sees some smoke on a far-off island, he crosses desert, forest, plain, and ocean to investigate. He accidentally makes a messy disaster on the island, and when a giant woman arrives, Big Hasuni and his lion and elephant run home--where they find that the giant woman has left them a topsy-turvy disaster. Soon the two giants come together, laughing and bellowing, making the mountain shake and the clouds jump in the sky. The big, glossy illustrations in acrylic and gouache are postcard sweet, but they show giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, flamingo, giraffe, and rhinoceros as well as close-ups of the giant and his big, cute pets. The chaos in a wild African setting makes for merry fun. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Big Hasuni, a giant, lives on top of a mountain, and although he has two companions-an enormous elephant and a huge lion-he is lonely. One day he notices smoke rising from an island down below and he and the animals decide to investigate. Once there, large footprints lead them to a clearing where they find steamed lobsters, an old stool, and a big hammock. Hasuni eats the food, accidentally breaks the stool, and falls asleep in the hammock. Eventually, a giant woman returns to the campsite and startles him awake. Before she can say a word, Hasuni and his friends take off running, retracing their path home, where he finds that his things have also been left in a mess. The woman arrives on the scene, they confront one another, and she explains that she saw smoke on top of the mountain and came to investigate. They both break out into laughter at the silliness of the situation, and become "big friends." Cuyler's language flows smoothly and the text reads aloud well. Children will quickly identify with and be amused by the parallels to "Goldilocks." Tucker's colorful acrylic-and-gouache paintings convey a sense of size, as the colossal characters dwarf the other animals and their surroundings. The giant creatures are funny because their expressions and actions mimic those of Hasuni. The tale's setting is never specified, but the artwork clearly places it in Africa. This delightful, larger-than-life story will leave readers smiling big.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.