- Shanea Goldizen
Jumpy Jack and Googily, by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Blackall, is about the very special friendship of Jumpy Jack the snail and his pal, Googily. Jumpy Jack thinks there could be a monster behind every nook and cranny. Good thing he’s got Googily, who bravely investigates Jumpy Jack’s every fearful suspicion and reassures his friend that no monster could be lurking near. The humor in this sweet account of the exchange between two friends is that Googily himself is a monster, matching the exact description Jumpy Jack provides when he expresses the frightful possibilities his wild imagination creates.
“There might be a monster in the tool shed. It might have sharp teeth and horrible scary hair," says Jumpy Jack. Googily obligingly enters the tool shed, checks for monsters, then looks out the window with his pointy teeth and large bushy eyebrows at Jumpy Jack. “No monsters here," he reports.
Jumpy Jack and Googily, starring such an endearing monster who likes to wear plaid shorts and a green top hat, is a great book to read with your toddler this month. It proves that everyone is afraid of something, while bringing to light the silliness of irrational fears. Googily’s appearance isn’t too scary for your young ones, looking, in my opinion, to be a hybrid of Mike Wazowski and Sully from Monsters, Inc.
Rosoff and Blackall collaborated on another book titled Meet Wild Boars and Wild Boars Cook, also recommended for the toddler age group and included in the library’s collection. More information on each author can be found at www.megrosoff.co.uk and www.sophieblackall.com.