PPBF: Jumpy Jack & Googily

Author: Meg Rosoff
Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Publisher: Henry Holt, 2008
Ages: 4-8blogspot.com: friendship, monsters, snails
Opening: “I’m nervous,” said Jumpy Jack to his best friend, Googily. “There could be a monster nearby and I’m scared of monsters.” “Don’t be ridiculous,” said Googily.


Summary: (from my library catalog) Jumpy Jack the snail is terrified that there are monsters around every corner despite the reassurances of his best friend, Googily.



I like this book because: I really have a soft spot for books that let the reader in on what is oblivious to (at least one of) the characters. Here we have Jumpy Jack describing his fear of monsters, and describing his friend Googily to a teeThe beautifully detailed artwork slimes it’s snaily way right into the heart – check out the tea cozy below!

Resources/activities: Check out the prepared literature unit activities from edHelp.com – HERE;Read Kay Yeh’s article: Why Picture Books Are Important – HERE

Photo courtesy of Kat Yeh

Photo courtesy of Kat Yeh8

For more Perfect Picture Book picks, go to Susanna Leonard Hill’s bolg at susannahill.blogspot.com

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38 thoughts on “PPBF: Jumpy Jack & Googily

  1. Cute story, I can so be the snail! Love your illustration. I’m going to have to celebrate the big 100 two weeks late doh!


  2. Well, I was wrong. I thought Googily would be the snail with the tentacle eyes! Will have to give this one a read for sure Julie!


  3. Well, I’m joining the rest of you, I too thought Googily was the snail. Now I’m trying to figure out what Jumping Jack actually is… mmm is he a grub?
    I so love, love your little illustration for Susanna, that is just gorgeous. psst: actually its given me an idea for a story..hehe!


  4. Well, Julie, I just finished reading this book (had it since right after you posted this!) and it’s adorable 🙂 I love how, with each page turn, he’s describing his friend! Very cute ending, too 🙂


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