Giant Tess

by Yaccarino, Dan,

Format: Print Book [2019]
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"[Tess's] self-confidence grows to match her giant heart. A fanciful story of empowerment." --Kirkus

Internationally acclaimed and bestselling author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino presents a larger than life picture book about a girl with a heart as giant as she is.

Tess has a BIG problem.

She's a giant with an enormous wish to be like everyone else in the city of Myth-hattan. When she gives up on ever fitting in, she meets a friend just her size, and the two team up for a daring rescue. Can these misfits save the day--and the big city parade?

This reassuring and heartwarming tale will empower young readers struggling to find acceptance, and it reminds us that there's a hero within every one of us.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Infant Tess is adopted by a loving couple, who soon realize that their daughter is growing very large very rapidly. As she outgrows everyone her age, it becomes evident that Tess is a giant. Her wish to be just like everybody else is humorous, as the folks who live in Myth-hattan are a conglomeration of creatures: unicorns and centaurs live alongside folks with antennas, snakes for hair, wings, and elfin ears. Tess, however, is lonely, feeling as though she doesn't fit in anywhere until she befriends a fire-breathing dragon. As the two now-inseparable friends have to work as a team to save the mayor and the city's parade, they tell a satisfying tale of friendship and, ultimately, acceptance. Illustrations in india ink, brush, and Photoshop are clear, colorful, and filled with slice-of-life details. Entertaining endpapers reveal a map that highlights some of Myth-hattan's famous landmarks (The Lower Beast Side, the Staten Island Fairy, Monster Square Garden). Readers will have fun perusing the mythical city's inhabitants, and will root for heroine Tess and her sidekick.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Tess's town of Myth-hattan, everyone is some kind of mythical creature: there are centaurs and Minotaurs, fairies and mer-people, and nobody thinks twice if you have snakes for hair. Tess, however, is the only giant, the adopted daughter of fairy parents, and after a series of mishaps tied to tourist touchpoints in the real Big Apple (cracking the ice at a famous skating rink, accidently smushing a float in the city's big parade), she's convinced she doesn't belong anywhere: "I'm just too big!" But when she helps a giant green dragon with a sore paw, her life turns around as the two "became best friends right away, they were the same size!" And size does seem to matter (as does having a BFF who can fly) when the mayor of Myth-hattan starts to float off on a runaway parade balloon. This tale by Yaccarino (I Am a Story) follows a familiar arc, taking his putative misfit from wanting to be "like everyone else" to feeling she's "just the right size." His posterlike graphics, though, and obvious glee in sharing an alternate reality N.Y.C. (a map on the end pages shows "Grand Cyclops Station" and "The Lower Beast Side") infuse the story with goofy sweetness. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Size perception -- Juvenile fiction.
Giants -- Juvenile fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Juvenile fiction.
Giants -- Fiction.
Size -- Fiction.
Self-acceptance -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2019]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 9780062670274
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