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The Giant's Necklace Hardcover – 1 October 2016

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  • ASIN : 140635712X
  • Publisher : Walker Books (1 October 2016)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 80 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781406357127
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1406357127
  • Dimensions : 16.4 x 1.3 x 19.2 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 64 ratings

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Former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo’s short story is a small gem. Part adventure, part ghost story it slips easily between past and present as a little girl, determined to collect all the shells she needs for a giant necklace she is making, gets caught on the rocks by an unexpected storm. Cherry thinks she can keep above the powerful waves and make her way home safely especially when she finds an old mine shaft and some kindly miners. But has she really beaten the sea? Michael Morpurgo’s ability to hold an audience spellbound is displayed at its best here. -- Julia Eccleshare ― Pick of the Month November 2016, LoveReading

“Now in paperback, a stunningly illustrated edition of his Cornish ghost story.” ― The Bookseller

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include ‘Shadow', ‘A Medal for Leroy' and ‘Little Manfred'.

His novel ‘War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.

Briony May Smith is an illustrator currently living in Devon, and specialising in children's books and graphic novels. She graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) from Falmouth University in 2014.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great short ghost story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense tale about Cherry's adventures in an old tin mine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tense tale about Cherry's adventures in an old tin mine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2016
• Note: The supplier kindly sent me a review sample for evaluation, the opinions expressed here are entirely my own •

This is a well written story about a little girl called Cherry who has 4 older brothers. The brothers enjoy joking with Cherry and she gives back as good as she gets. One day Cherry decides to go to the beach on her own as she needed more shells to complete her every growing long giant necklace. The family are at their rented holiday cottage and the beach is very close to the house. It is the day before they are due to go home so Cherry heads down to the beach in a hurry.

The weather turns bad and little Cherry who is 11 years old begins to panic but soon finds an old "unused" tin mine to take shelter. The journey through the mine takes on an interesting adventure for her. Soon it is time for her to leave the mine and return home.

I think children would enjoy reading this book around a camp fire. It is a thrilling ghost story that I think children would enjoy, probably best for children a little older and my estimate would be from 10 upwards.

The illustrations are very good and really give you a sense of how Cherry would have been feeling throughout the book. There are lots of illustrations and they are all lovely and add to the charm of this book.

This is not the type of book I would have chosen for my children when they were 10 or 11 and depending on the child, they would probably love or hate it. Without giving too much away, both my son and daughter who are now grown adults would not have enjoyed this book when they were little. I guess it depends on how sensitive the nature is of the child that is going to be reading it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A story to think about !
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with a twisty end
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2018
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