Gargantua (Jr!): Defender of Earth

Groundwood. Apr. 2019. 40p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9781773061825.
PreS-Gr 1–Gargantua Jr. desperately wants to be able to do the things Mom does. The little monster wants to knock down buildings and defend Earth from aliens and asteroids, just like Mom. Fed up with always being left behind, Junior takes the plunge into demolition, trying to fire-breathe a building to the ground. Just when the structure is about to topple upon its tiny attacker, Mom comes to the rescue. Sylvester’s bright pencil, pen, and ink cartoon images, as well as his text and the inclusion of pages that are images only, allow for plenty of talking points and back-and-forth between adult and child readers of this book. The story is one that children eager to do big-kid things will relate to, and the reassurance that Mom’s always there lends a comforting tone.
VERDICT One to pair with Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Red Pajama for library storytimes and bedtime snuggles.

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