Monday, October 5, 2015

[BOOK REVIEW] Rude Giants by Audrey Wood

Title:  Rude Giants

Author:  Audrey Wood

Genre:  Fantasy / Manners / Giants / Humor

Year Published: 1993

Year Read:  1993

Publisher: Hancourt Brace & Company

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Rude Behavior and Scary Moments)

As I was reading various children’s books from the public library, I came upon an author named Audrey Wood. When I read her book “Rude Giants,” I was amazed at how good this book really is. “Rude Giants” is a children’s book from famous author, Audrey Wood. This story is about how a simple villager outsmarts the giants of the land by teaching them good manners and therefore, saving the land which makes “Rude Giants” a book that will certainly get both children’s and adults’ attentions.

Audrey Wood has done a great job with this book by illustrating the character in a humorous way and by pinpointing the moral about learning good manners. The image of Beatrix the butter maid is that she looks like an angel by wearing a white dress and having an innocent look on her face, therefore, serving as a savior of the villagers by teaching the giants good manners and saving village from their mischief. Also, the images of the Giants, while not scary, are somewhat threatening as they have wild hair and old worn out clothing. The moral of having good manners plays a major part in this story as Beatrix saves her beloved cow by teaching the giants good manners. Therefore, the giants learned that they were much happier with being good neighbors then being bad neighbors, as the villagers now want to be around them.

Parents should know that the images of the giants might be a bit frightening for smaller children, especially since they wanted to eat Beatrix's cow, which might disturb some children.  Parents might want to read this book first to see if their children would handle the images of the giants.

“Rude Giants” is an excellent children’s story from the creative mind of Audrey Wood and is sure to be an absolute favorite among both kids and adults for many generations. For parents who feel that the giants might be too scary for their kids to handle, I would recommend this book for children ages five and up.

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