MOZZLE AND THE GIANT By Sam Jam, illustrated by Deborah Whittle (P3 books)
In a super-imaginative story for under-sevens, we meet a girl called Mozzle who lives on a world where all the land masses are actually sleeping giants, floating in the oceans. One day, a postcard arrives which reveals that it is time for the land where Mozzle lives to wake up. What will happen? Will the people have to flee? Will the town be destroyed?
This is the sort of book designed to unlock the doors of a child's imagination. The green land on which humans live is "alive" in its own way, the story teaches subliminally. This can be a scary fact to take in. But in the story, we learn that the giant is actually friendly, in just the same way that nature is friendly to us, if we treat it correctly.
And the story ends with the human character Mozzle getting married to the giant -- the character who represents the earth -- to show that a happy relationship between humanity and nature is what we should be aiming at.
The pictures are lovely: Deborah Whittle has a charming style which alternates between dramatic and attractive, panoramic images with a cut-out, collage feel; and close-up, slightly crayon-ish characters in bright colors. There's a hint of Eric Carle in the images, yet at the same time it is an original and personal style: expect great things from this illustrator!