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Big Nuisance

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Children's picture storybook set in a small village of ancient Japan. Sleepy Village is a very slow and quiet place, until Big Nuisance comes to stay and starts a lot of trouble. Now the villagers must come together to defeat the Big Nuisance. Encourages cooperation to overcome obstacles. Author/illustrator has twice received the Children's Book Council of Australia Pictur ...more
Published by Random House Australia (first published 2003)
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Cheriee Weichel
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Big Nuisance, a giant, visits a sleepy Japanese Village and wrecks havoc on the inhabitants. This folktale is both philosophical and humorous, like when the giant, who is having a bath in the lake, farts and the villagers run from the smell. Big Nuisance decides to make the village more interesting. He reroutes the river into tiny streams. He moves the the houses together on a higher side of the village.
Then, while the tired giant lay sleeping, a bird dropped a seed into his ear and a tree grew
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This is the first Junko Morimoto book I've read which she has written as well as illustrated. Her previous work has focussed on illustrating adaptions of traditional Japanese folk tales.

As usual Junko's illustrations are first class.

I don't think Junko nailed the story. Part of this could be because she wrote the original story in Japanese, and it was then translated into English by Isao Morimoto. This process makes it difficult to obtain many of the elements of a successful, amusing, children'
Jane Stadermann
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a cool book of epic proportions. Light-hearted and direct with super illustrations. A giant, Big Nuisance, wanders into a lazy village and creates chaos before everything settles for the better. I love a big bumbling giant who is clueless and a hoard of lazy little people who are forced into action. Buy it.

I looked up Junko Morimoto, who is obviously a lady with a switched-on sense of humour. But she has been privy to hell. She was there when the Hiroshima Bomb was dropped and has seen
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Reminiscent of the first part of Gulliver's Travels, this is Japanese so of course there is casual mention of a massive fart.

I also read it as a metaphor for earthquakes.

The bit with the tree growing out of the ear is both weird and somehow grosses me out.
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