Bigger and Better by Kaye Umansky

Bigger and Better

Written by Kaye Umansky
Illustrated by Ben Whitehouse

9+ readers   
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Characters don’t come bigger or better than Vi, the star of this fabulously funny new story by the inimitable Kaye Umansky. Vi is wife of that giant at the top of the beanstalk, but her account of the events of the fairy tale is rather different to the one we’re used to. Vi is cheerful about it all, but reading between the lines we can tell just how fed up she is with her lazy husband and snobby sister-in-law (always laughing at Vi’s thimble collection). Vi loves little things you see, which is why she’s so nice to the thoroughly undeserving Jack. She’s revised her opinion by the end however, proudly proclaiming, ‘Big is better! Buy that outsize sweater!’ A perfect piece of comic storytelling with real emotion and observation slipped in among the humour. ~ Andrea Reece


Bigger and Better by Kaye Umansky

Vi the Giantess loves little things - her thimble collection is almost out of control. So when a little chap called Jack pops up in her kitchen, her giant heart melts right away. But this Jack is a regular Jack-the-lad, intent on carrying off Vi's husband's treasures and keeping them for himself. Can Vi fight off her instincts and challenge the interloper? (With extra song lyrics). Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 8+

About the Author

Kaye Umansky

Kaye Umansky is a very successful writer for children, with her books ranging from picture books to novels.

Kaye Umansky trained as a teacher, only beginning to write after her daughter was born. Kaye is the much-loved author of the Pongwiffy books and lives in London where she writes in an office with stars on the ceiling.

Awards Kay has collected
Nottinghamshire Book Award 1993 for Pongwiffy and The Spell of The Year
TES Junior Music Book Award 1999 for Three Rapping Rats

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Book Info


72 pages


Kaye Umansky
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th April 2016




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