Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin by Jessica Souhami
An Irish Tale

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A hilarious Irish folktale with a terrific female heroine.

"Long ago, there lived a giant called Cuhullin.
My, but he was big and fierce and strong.
And what made him so strong?
He had a magic finger. And believe it or not,
all his strength was in that little finger.
Now Cuhullin had fought all the other giants,
and squashed them flat. Well, all but one,
and that was Finn McCool."

But Finn doesn't want to fight. Finn is SCARED.

When he sucks his magic thumb, Finn can see Cuhullin coming to get him. So he runs straight home to his wife, Oona.

Oona isn't scared, not one bit. She just laughs . . .

Will Cuhullin find Finn McCool and SQUASH HIM FLAT?

Or will Oona save the day?

About Jessica Souhami

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Jessica Souhami studied textile design at the Central School of Art and Design in London. In 1980 she formed Mme. Souhami and Co., a traveling puppet company using colorful shadow puppets with musical accompaniment and a storyteller. They performed folktales from many cultures, including the tale of Mrs. McCool and the Giant Cuhullin. Ms. Souhami has written and illustrated several books for children.
Published January 1, 2002 by Henry Holt & Co., Inc.. 26 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Souhami (No Dinner, 2000, etc.) dresses up this classic triumph of brains over brawn with bright, blocky scenes featuring broadly gesturing figures, torn paper edges and blazing purple highlights.

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Young readers will be giggling at both giants deriving power from a magic finger (Finn sees into the future when he sucks his thumb) and the sight of Finn—mustache and all—pretending to be a baby.

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