Synopses & Reviews
Meet Jumpy Jack, a very nervous snail whos afraid of monsters, and Googily, who is
a—well, who is a very good friend, indeed. Wherever they go, Googily kindly checks high and low just to make sure there are no scary monsters about. But as every child knows, monsters come in many shapes and sizes. Some are even blue with hairy eyebrows and pointy teeth.
Here is a universal story of friendship and fear of the unknown told with wit and charm by the fantastic team who created the irresistible Meet Wild Boars.
"Irony reigns in this droll story as a trepidatious green snail named Jumpy Jack consults his frightful-looking blue buddy. 'There could be a monster nearby and I'm scared of monsters,' Jumpy Jack admits. 'Don't be ridiculous,' says Googily. As the pals wend their way through flowery meadows and head home for tea, Jumpy Jack reiterates his fear, asking Googily to check in a wading pool, under the supper table, under one of their twin beds (Jumpy Jack's has a snail-accessible ramp), etc. Each time Jumpy Jack's description of the dreaded monster grows closer to Googily himself ('It might have sharp teeth and horrible scary hair.... two fingers on each hand... [an] awful tongue'). Acting out each scenario, Googily provides quaint reassurance. 'I don't know where you get your ideas,' he says, or 'Dear, oh, dear... What an imagination you have!' As in Meet Wild Boars, Rosoff and Blackall make a waggish team in the Laurie Keller mold, with Rosoff comically understating the obvious and Blackall providing visual punch lines. For all Jumpy Jack's navet and Googily's weirdness, they make a winsome pair. Ages 3 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
* "They make a winsom pair." — Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Filled with whimsical details." — School Library Journal, starred review "Humorous." — Kirkus "Hilarious." — Cookie
About the Author
is the author of Meet Wild Boars
, as well as the author of the novels How I Live Now
, winner of the Printz Award, and Just in Case
, winner of the Carnegie Medal. She lives in London, England, with her husband and daughter.
SOPHIE BLACKALL has illustrated many books for young readers, including Meet Wild Boars, Summer Is Summer, and the Ivy and Bean books. She is the recipient of the Society of Illustrators Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.