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A reissue of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Shhh! - that has sold over 200,000 copies.

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Sally began writing in 1984 while she was working for a children's book club. Since 1995 she has been writing full time and has recently won the Smarties Prize. She now has some fifty titles in print. 'Shhh' won the Children's Bok Award in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Smartie. s'Wake Up Dad' won the 1989 Best Books for Babies Award and 'There's a Monster Who Eats Books' in our House was Highly Commended in the 1997 Right Start/Petit Filous award, shortlisted in the 1998 Sheffield Children's Book Award and selected by the Young Book Trust in 1998 as one of the '100 best books'. Peter Utton is a prize-winning author and illustrator with many books for children under his belt. He won the Smarties Book Prize and was a runner up for the Mother Goose Award.


When the lure of a giant's castle proves too much for two passersby, they steal inside to spy on the master of the house. One is bold and points out the gigantic cat, the oversized hen and the giant's imposing wife while the other constantly frets about being discovered. With their skewed perspectives, Utton's watercolors hilariously highlight the mammoth proportions of all within--the cat looms above eye level; ``the giant's pet mouse'' lies against a tree-trunk table leg, bloated from a cheese binge. Wry domestic details include an ax for slicing hunks of bread, eyeballs in the homemade broth and human-sized chess pieces. Through glimpses of previous pages, the lift-up flaps cleverly offer reassurance to the intruders--and readers: ``Do you think we disturbed her? Look through the window and see if she's still there.'' Reassurance turns to fright, however, at the final startling sight, at which point readers will do well to follow the author's instructions--to fend off the rapidly advancing giant, ``SHUT THE BOOK!'' With its understated text and imaginative artwork, this unusual work draws readers into story and setting in a way that few picture books can. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

This book is FANTASTIC for storytime with a group of children. It's great to read it with inflection, pretending to be scared of the giant and telling the kids to SHHH! - Goodreads reviewerI have worked in a pre-School for 24 years and this is by far their favourite book. The children sit there quietly and as you read the book they are hooked! - Amazon reviewer

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