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Publisher's Note:

Shim has only ever known a world of peace. Unusually big and strong even for a young giant, he lives on the magical isle of Fincayra, immersed in nature as well as tales of wizards, mer folk, and dragons. Suddenly that world explodes in chaos. A terrible attack forces Shim and his mother to flee — and take a hazardous journey to reach the only person who could possibly help them, the mysterious Domnu. But when a wager goes horribly wrong, Shim shrinks down to a tiny fraction of his size. Now only as tall as a man’s knee, he finds himself lost in a deadly swamp. Worse yet, he has forgotten something important, something truly essential. But what? As small as he is now, Shim must find giant-size courage. He embarks on a perilous quest to discover what happened, what secret he forgot, and what it really means to be a giant. Combining his trademark passion, adventure, and spiritual depth, T. A. Barron tells the origin story of this beloved character from his highly acclaimed, inte…

Overall Book Review:

Big Foot, a.k.a. Shim is quite the kid. Like your typical 12-year-old boy, he loves food! He’s also a wonderful son and friend who when he’s not thinking about food is looking for adventure but is also never too busy to keep his eyes open for someone in need. He finds himself on an undertaking he never anticipated and, in the process meets some amazing characters and creatures who help him along the way. 

As a prequel to the Merlin Saga, Giant: The Unlikely Origins of Shim is a fantastic set up for what I imagine is a wonderful series. Author T.A. Barron’s descriptions paint vivid pictures in your mind as you join Shim on his expedition. After reading this origin story, I can’t wait to see what else Barron has to offer in the series. Those who enjoyed The Uglified Ducky by Willy Claflin when they were younger will be reminded of that story as they read Shim’s comical, nonsensical words. Fans of fairytales will love this larger-than-life adventure. 

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy Provided by the Publisher

Content Analysis

Profanity/Language: Reference to a character shouting curses with no specific word given.

Violence/Gore: Many (42) brief incidents including child getting a light spank from mother; magical item could lead to death and destruction; character might die trying to save another; verbal threats; character might get hurt; character wanting to destroy a building; characters planning to kill others; references to fighting and attacking; seeing and smelling dead animal/people body parts; reference to torture; character getting scraped up by walls; character twisting ankle; character thrown against a wall and chained up; character nearly died; hunting; characters fighting; characters getting attacked and killed; very brief description of blood and characters getting crushed; buildings getting destroyed. 

Sex/Nudity: Few (3) brief incidents including a reference to a woman’s pregnancy; young female character gives a young male character a kiss on the cheek; reference to a character loving someone.

Mature Subject Matter

Death; reference to bodily functions.

Alcohol/Drug Use

Characters drinking alcohol at a celebration.

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.