Books by Sally Grindley

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  • Illustrator: Peter Utton
  • Date Published: 1991
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
  • Winner of the Children's Book Award - Gold
  • Runner-Up for the Smarties Prize

‘A real original… the whole builds to a wonderful climax, eliciting squeals of delight… it bears endless repetition.’  Susan Hill, The Sunday Times

‘Some of my son’s favourite picture books rely heavily on the suspenseful build-up of fear. Shhh!, in which the reader, by means of peepholes and flaps, creeps closer and closer to the sleeping giant, is one of them.’  Financial Times

‘Simple but ingenious.’  Sunday Telegraph

‘With its understated text and imaginative artwork, this unusual work draws readers into story and setting in a way that few picture books can.’  Publishers Weekly

‘I love the illustrations, with tons of detail and magical things for children to spot. But the true joy of this book is the way it reinvents the way children respond to and interact with a book. It invites them in, right in to the story and the setting. It asks them to get involved and encourages them to play.’  Rhinoreads

From the moment you pick up this book, be quiet, be very quiet. It’s really a giant’s castle, but you won’t find out until you’re inside. And what about the giant? Well, if he catches you he’ll eat you for his tea! Don’t say I haven’t warned you! Of all the books I have written, this is probably my favourite, and I love reading it out loud to groups of children – out loud in a whisper, that is.

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