Alice is hoping to have an extraordinary day. It is her birthday and she has wished for something really big. But the "something big" turns out to be a giant who suddenly appears in her bedroom and causes chaos at her birthday party. All the giant really wants is to return home (and have some hot dogs and ice cream before he goes)! Alice must quickly get some magical help from the librarian Ms. McKracken before everything gets out of control!
"The vocabulary, syntax structure, and large print of this First Flight Reader are suitable for the target audience. Appropriately, Alice solves the problem that she creates. The giant is friendly and childlike, and readers will undoubtedly look forward to his return. Maryann Kovalski's illustrations enhance the humorous story. Recommended."
- Canadian Book Review Annual
"Veteran illustrator Maryann Kovalski and experienced writer John Green combine their prodigious talents in Alice And the Birthday Giant, a fantastical tale of - well - a girl whose birthday party is crashed by a huge, hungry giant. Giants, according to both the Narnia Chronicles and Harry Potter series, are extremely pugnacious and ill-tempered. Not so with Alice's friend. He's a one-eyed goombah with a mustache the size and appearance of a motorized street-sweeper, flip-flops the size of large rafts and a belly that has to be seen to believed. After the giant frightens the guests from Alice's birthday soiree - dad has gone in search of a very large net - Alice goes to the library (where else?) for information on how to get the giant back home. There are some funny moments as the librarian misfires - where is Hermione Granger when you need her” - but eventually everything turns out OK. Kovalski, who's penned classics like The Wheels on the Bus and Rain, Rain and Green, whose familiar to us through his hilarious There's a Dragon in My Closet, have a lot of fun with this one."
- The Hamilton Spectator, Hamilton, Ontario