Philippa Dowding is an award-winning copywriter, poet, and childrenÂ’s author. Her books have been nominated for the Diamond Willow, Hackmatack, Silver Birch, and Red Maple awards. Her third book, The Gargoyle at the Gates, was named a White Raven Book by the International Youth Library in Munich. Philippa lives in Toronto.
Jake and the Giant Hand
The first in a series of scary tall tales from award-winning childrenâ€™s novelist Philippa Dowding.
Why is Grandpa acting so weird? And why are there so many giant flies?
Jake spends every summer on his grandpaâ€™s farm. But this year, things are a little weird. First, there are huge flies everywhere. Second, Grandpa is acting kind of funny. And third, Jakeâ€™s friend Kate keeps trying to scare him with creepy stories. Last yearâ€™s tale about the swamp creature was bad enough, but this yearâ€™s story about a hand that someone found in a farmerâ€™s field is even worse. And it wasnâ€™t just any hand either. It was a giantâ€™s hand!
It might just be the creepiest story of all. It canâ€™t be real. Can it?
Recommended ... Jake and the Giant Hand is a good book for reluctant readers. It is an easy read, with simple language and a similar presentation to a fireside ghost story.
Jakeâ€™s adventures and his questions will attract readers interested in ghost stories and mysteries, as well as adventure. The authorâ€™s tongue-in-cheek opening and closing will relieve any fears that some of these readers may develop.
This is a well-crafted horror story with a suspenseful buildup and truly creepy details . . .