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Jake and the Giant Hand Paperback – Sep 27 2014

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (Sept. 27 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459724216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459724211
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #629,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Recommended ... Jake and the Giant Hand is a good book for reluctant readers. It is an easy read, with simple language and a similar presentation to a fireside ghost story. (CM Magazine)

Jake’s adventures and his questions will attract readers interested in ghost stories and mysteries, as well as adventure. The author’s tongue-in-cheek opening and closing will relieve any fears that some of these readers may develop. (Resource Links)

This is a well-crafted horror story with a suspenseful buildup and truly creepy details . . . (School Library Journal)

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"A fast-paced read...funny and creepy" --Richard Scrimger

"Philippa Dowding has cooked up a delicious blend of mystery, humour, and adventure that middle-grade readers are sure to devour!" --Richard Scarsbrook

"A tall tale for around the campfire." --Allan Stratton

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Format: Paperback
Philippa Dowding is a master storyteller. It feels as if she's sitting in a rocking chair, telling the story to a rapt young audience.

Dowding's novel for Grades 3-4 is filled with suspense, mystery, and humor. For example, who or what is the giant hand? What is the white object at the bottom of the post hole? What happened to the old woman who disappeared? And where do the swarms of humungous flies come from? As Jake gradually uncovers the mysteries on the farm and in the town, he learns more about his family history and about the character of his grandfather.

In a layered, deceptively simple story, the character of Jake grows in understanding and maturity. This is a fun-filled story for readers who are looking for a spooky tale. And the surprise ending is, well, surprising.
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This was a fun read, with a nice surprise at the end. I was intrigued by the illustrations, and drawn in by the cover. I think kids who like ghost stories and creepy tales will really enjoy it. It's original and just a little different.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Man, this town IS weird!" Sept. 24 2014
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The previous summer, during a two week vacation at his grandfather's farm, Jake had found himself being very creeped out by a scary campfire story about an old lady who mysteriously disappeared into the swamp behind the farm. Well, now Jake is back, he's twelve, and he isn't going to be scared by any more stories, even scary tales told by the older twins who live on the next farm over, are friendly, but favor creepy tales of local shady doings.

But, what about the giant hand that was supposedly found in a farmer's field a hundred years earlier? And what's with the giant, bird sized, flies that are appearing all around the farm?

This book had more to it than just a simple scary story. Jake has some real personality as our hero and his cagey grandfather is more than a stock figure. The atmosphere is built up nicely and the pacing between scary parts and then short breathers is nicely done. There are twists and turns and Jake and the twins actually do some nice detective work in town, so this isn't just a one-act late night campfire tale.

There are some scary parts. Lots of times "scary" books for younger readers don't actually scare anyone, but the menace from the flies and the slow build up of suspense and the slow reveal at the end, offer some chilling moments. (It reminded me a bit of the way that Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" had such a slow but effective build up of mystery and menace.)

So, all in all a pretty creepy tale for a young reader, where the creepiness comes from solid writing and atmosphere rather than just lots of gross stuff, which is the easy way out. I was pleasantly surprised.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Philippa Dowding is a master storyteller. It feels as ... Nov. 16 2014
By Anne Dublin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Philippa Dowding is a master storyteller. It feels as if she's sitting in a rocking chair, telling the story to a rapt young audience.

Dowding's novel for Grades 3-4 is filled with suspense, mystery, and humor. For example, who or what is the giant hand? What is the white object at the bottom of the post hole? What happened to the old woman who disappeared? And where do the swarms of humungous flies come from? As Jake gradually uncovers the mysteries on the farm and in the town, he learns more about his family history and about the character of his grandfather.

In a layered, deceptively simple story, the character of Jake grows in understanding and maturity. This is a fun-filled story for readers who are looking for a spooky tale. And the surprising twist at the end is, well, surprising.


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