“The Giant and how he Humbugged America” Jim Murphy

ARC (Advance Reading Copy). Published October 1, 2012. Scholastic Press (Scholastic). 112 pp.

This is a very quick read for elementary students. Jim Murphy does a great job telling the story of the Cardiff Giant, which fooled many people in 1869. He includes lots of primary documents, such as photographs and newspaper articles, as well as detailed Source Notes, a Selected Bibliography, Photo Credits, and an Index. He carefully kept the mystery sealed as to whether or not it was a real petrified man, letting readers draw their own conclusions until he enlightened them further on in the narrative.

I had never heard of the Cardiff Giant, however, due to Murphy’s excellent storytelling techniques, I now feel quite informed. Boys, especially, will love it.


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