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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-Twin giants are born on a mountaintop and named (E)Normus and (There's a)Lottavim by their proud parents. The boys are identical and enjoy the same things (except that one is a vegetarian). They race up and down mountains, roll boulders, and sing off-key at the top of their lungs. On the same day, at age 20, they decide that the time has come to seek wives. Pursuing two giantesses is no easy task, and the brothers find slim pickings. After a search over seven mountains, a few proposals, and a couple cases of mistaken identity, the two find the perfect mates. Delightful illustrations in ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and digital collage are engaging and add much to the somewhat convoluted story. This is an early romance chapter-book for newly independent readers, made more appealing by its artwork.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Amiable twin giants Lottavim and Normus grow up on a mountaintop, rolling boulders for fun and racing each other up and down the mountainside. After their parents' deaths when they are 12 years old, they take on the chores of raiding the nearby valley's farms and gardens for food. Eight years later, they travel to other mountains, find wives (twin giantesses who are as good natured as the brothers), and start families of their own. Though several times, the narrative mentions hardships brought upon the people in the valley by their outsized neighbors, the issue is never resolved. The story unfolds in a series of mildly amusing episodes, brightened considerably by the ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and digital collage artwork. An attractive choice for children learning to read, this handsomely designed volume offers an original story accompanied by droll illustrations.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist
Horn Book Review
Normus and Lottavim are identical twin giants whose sibling closeness hits a roadblock when they reach marriageable age. The two split up in search of wives, and all ends happily in reunion. The story's a tad skimpy, but the book's design is luxurious, with decorated endpapers and half-title page and a perfect choice of typeface. Mixed-media illustrations are twisty and lively. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Book Review
Two bachelor giants set out in search of wives in this droll and handsomely presented offering. Except that one's a vegetarian and one's not, Normus and Lottavim ("There's a-lot-uv-'im!" said his mother at first gander) are as close as twins can be--so one day, they simultaneously get the idea that it's time for marriage. They split up, deciding that they'll have better luck if they look separately, and this allows for plenty of comical conversations as they approach the same candidates at different times. Printed on heavy, very white paper, the generously leaded text and Grey's witty color illustrations--which feature both maps and loudly dressed giants obliviously striding past tiny, quizzical livestock and beleaguered villagers--have an appealing brightness and feel. Ultimately the two meet their matches in twins Georgie and Alexandra--and in time, each happy couple goes on to produce twins. Pity the aforesaid villagers. Recent early-reader graduates with a taste for the tongue-in-cheek will enjoy this amiable episode. (Fantasy. 8-10) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.