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ISBN: 9781927917299

Barefoot Helen and the Giants

  Author:   Andy Jones  
  Artist :   Katie Brosnan    
  Publisher:  Running the Goat

Helen is a fine hand with a slingshot, and more than at home in the woods. After all, she was raised by bears for a time. When she stumbles on the castle of three evil giants, she comes up with the perfect plan to rid the land of them. Well, almost perfect. The biggest and meanest giant catches her, and forces her to help him kidnap the princess Antoinette. Always quick on her hairy bare feet, Helen manages to save the sleeping princess and finish off the giant, before heading quietly back to the woods. No one knows who the giant killer is, and Helen isn’t talking. Antoinette and her father the king are determined to find the hero, and come up with a plan of their own.

Andy Jones’s hilarious new folktale adaptation/middle reader is jam-packed with adventure and tales of adventure. It celebrates brave and resourceful girls, blended families, and storytelling itself.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781927917299
Item RG0006
PublisherRunning the Goat
PublisherRunning the Goat
Published on June 16 2020
Language eng
Pages 72
Format Paperback
Dimensions7(in) x 9(in)
Shipping weight256(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE
An actor, writer, storyteller, and director, Andy Jones was born and raised in St. John's, NL, where he continues to live and work. Once a member of the acclaimed NL comedy troupe CODCO, he has had a long and accomplished career in theatre, film, and television. He is the co-adaptor of award-winning folktale Peg Bearskin, and the author of an acclaimed series of Jack tales (illustrated by Darka Erdelji). In 2019 he was named to the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Katie Brosnan is a freelance illustrator living in Ketterington, Northamptonshire, England. She graduated with distinction from the Cambridge School of Art?s MA program in Children?s Book Illustration. Keith Among the Pigeons, her first book, was published in the UK and North America.

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"The perfect book if you love stories about clever girls who think on their feet, nasty greedy giants, and kings and princesses. Raised by bears, found by a lonely couple who always wished for a child and smart as a whip, Helen might only have nine toes (that's a story in itself as you'll find out!) but she's brave, smart and not willing to let giants get the better of her. Find out what happens when she strikes out on her own in this hilarious story, based on classic folktales but with some wonderful twists. Brosnan's illustrations are every bit as much fun as the outrageous story that Jones spins." —The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON), Twelve Children's Books that Will Inspire and Enlighten by Jeffrey Canton
  

"...this earthy, quirky, humorous version blends traditional folktale elements with the contemporary spin of a strong female heroine who lives happily-ever-after with the princess in a 'splendid family.' What begins as a single story evolves into stories within stories, pulled together in a surprising climax. Striking, original illustrations, worked in black and white as well as vibrant color, capture the fierce dramatic action... A twisted tall tale told with verbal and visual bravado." —Kirkus Reviews
  

"With its capable and clever heroine, it is a rollicking romp that offers many elements of traditional stories along with smart and unexpected variations. Finely told with a folksy lilt, Jones' telling of the tale is a thrill, as is the humour and freshness of Helen's exploits." —Atlantic Books Today