Children’s Book of the Week: Jumpy Jack and Googily

Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

I first picked up this book because it has funny illustrations and is written by Meg Rosoff, who wrote How I Live Now, which is one of my favorite books. Henry took one look at Jumpy Jack and Googily and said he didn’t want to read it. I think he thought it might be scary. I finally convinced him we should read it. We read it through, and, at the very abrupt ending, I was a bit confused, but the boys both had looks of complete admiration and awe on their faces, and only waited half a second before demanding, “Read it again!” And again. And again.

The basic idea is that Jumpy Jack, a snail, is best friends with Googily, a monster. That does not deter Jumpy Jack from being neurotically frightened of monsters. Especially monsters who, by his description, look an awful lot like Googily. Googily gamely goes ahead and scouts out various locations to make sure no monsters are lurking. And then, in the end…it appears we all should be scared to death of socks. Or something. I’m honestly not sure I get it.

The boys get it though. They love it. I think I’ve read it 300 times. I do love the illustrations, and it’s a quick read, and it’s easy to read it in fun voices. It’s very silly. Try it out, I bet your kids will like it. And then you can maybe explain to me what the deal is with socks.

Comments (7)

  1. Clog June 1, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Reminds me of that time when Dave was reading to Henry in the library and Henry wanted him to stop reading because it involved a child with a problem not sleeping in his bed all night….a little too close to home.

  2. emily June 1, 2009 at 9:39 am

    What the belly button says, I will OBEY. I swear, at this point if you look at half the stuff in my house, on my body, it’s because julie said to get it. ARE YOU HEARING THIS MARKETERS??? WOJ makes me GET STUFF. All the time. Directly.

    Signing off, in my longsleeved Gap tshirt, wearing my Benefit that girl face goo, my belly full of zucchini pancake (well, that was an indirect inspiration from the “burgers” post awhile back)…

    This happens to my friend Kerry too, who reads you know, and is lurking out there, hello Kerry!

  3. Kate June 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Funny – I’ve been waiting to find a good reason to get the Benefit That Girl brightener and I requested the awesome silicone beater blade for Mother’s Day. Along with my list of library book recommendations I’m sure there are other things I’ve gotten after reading WOJ too.

  4. emily June 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Oh! I got my mom the beater blade for mother’s day! good grief. it’s pathetic! Well, I’ll feel better when I go home to read “little red hen makes a pizza”, our new favorite book. wait a minute….

  5. Julie June 1, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I like this whole concept, that Julie is the grand puppetmaster of your lives…

  6. sutswana June 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Do I or do I not keep telling you that you should be a life coach/personal organizer person?!

  7. Julie June 2, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    You do, Sutswana, you do.

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