DetailsGiant LOVES food and he LOVES to eat. But one morning he isn't sure what he wants for breakfast -- he just wants something different. Luckily, Chef and his loyal helper come up with the perfect menu for this VERY hungry giant!
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ISBN 9781894431484 Publication Date Jul 1, 2010 Author Gatzke, Heather Illustrator Lawton, Val Pages 32 Size 8.00″ x 8.00″
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Giant's Mixed-Up Menu is a story about a giant who loves to eat as well as to look for new recipes in books and on the computer, and share them with his Chef. The Chefs job is to make food for the Giant; how-ever he often worries that the Giant will not like the meals he has prepared for him. A problem arises when one night the Giant dreams of many recipes and wakes up very hungry, but doesn't know what he wants to eat. He asks the Chef to surprise him, which leaves the Chef very worried. The Chefs helper gives him a clue and the Chef decides to switch the Giant's meals around so that for breakfast the Giant will eat what he normally would have for supper and so on. The Giant is pleased with this change and so there is a happy ending.
Gatzke has woven lots of conversation and text features often found in fictional stories throughout her tale. This is a feature that teachers could use to mentor students in writing conventions of fictional stories. The font is easy to read and the author has placed text in different places on each page which keeps your eyes roaming over the illustrations as you read. Lawton has illustrated the story with water colour and sketch effect which enables teachers to teach illustration techniques - seeing shapes in the illustrations. The use of connecting and linking words at the beginning of the story - describing the times in which the Giant eats - are also a good teaching source for story organization.
Overall, the characters in the story are very likable; however I find that the plot was a little light, and I was expecting a little more after the Giant's dream.