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.