The people in the village at the top of the hill and Ayesha the giant, who lives at the bottom, leave each other alone until the day Ayesha gets a giant-sized case of the hiccups
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Pamela Venus lives in a long stone cottage on the North Yorkshire coast, illustrating children's books - her childhood ambition. She trained in Reigate and later in Birmingham. Her four grandchildren live very close at hand and have been her best reference and truest critics, and their toys the supporting cast in her pictures.From School Library Journal:
PreSAA valley-dwelling giant gets the hiccups, thus causing havoc for the townsfolk on the hill above. All descend the slope en masse to visit her and cure her problem. Remedies are tried one by one until a vegetable-stew concoction does the trick (feed a hiccup?). In an attempt to be contemporary, this story lacks the necessary punch to be memorable. The author presents a New Age non-giant who exists only to amplify the hiccup. This serene African-American female looks more like a large adult than a threat to an entire town. She's almost too ordinary to be believable. The townsfolk are so happy-go-lucky as they gleefully slide down the hill to confront her that no tension is created. The watercolor-and-pencil illustrations almost redeem the book. The characters glow with an inner light, their faces wide-eyed and attractive. Unfortunately, the illustrator starts off with a series of confusing close-ups. The pictures of a dinosaur falling from a bed could easily throw readers off track. This book falls short of its lofty potential.AMartha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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Book Description Tamarind, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Pamela Venus (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M1870516273