Book Review: The Giant Jumperee (Julia Donaldson, Helen Oxenbury)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Puffin

Release Date: April 6th 2017


Rabbit was hopping home one day when he heard a loud voice coming from inside his burrow.

When Rabbit’s friends Cat, Bear and Elephant come to help they are each scared away in turn by the mysterious voice.

He can squash you like a flee
He will sting you like a bee
And he’s taller than a tree!

But who is the Giant Jumperee?


I haven’t done any Little Moore’s Bedtime Reads in a while, mostly because our local library closed down (boooo) and we haven’t had that steady stream if new books. There’s still tons of his that I haven’t reviewed yet though, so I must start up again properly. This one is a review book which I couldn’t resist because it’s Julia Donaldson!

When Rabbit hears a mysterious voice coming from his burrow he enlists all his friends to try and get it out, but they’re all scared away in turn.

I’m a big fan of Julia Donaldson’s books – I wish I’d read them when I was a child, but I’ve had the next best thing, which is reading them to my younger sisters and now my son. She has a way with words and characters that just makes you smile, and this book was no exception.

The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury really bring the story to life. It’s more realistic than cartoony, like you might be used to with Julia Donaldson’s other books, but it’s really beautiful and she captures the expressions of the animals perfectly. (Googling her as I write this and realised she wrote The Dancing Classwhich was one of my favourite books as a child.)

This is a really fun, charming book and one I’m happy to add to Little Moore’s shelves. I hope lots of children will be enjoying this as a bedtime story soon.