Sunday, September 9, 2012
Lint in Literature: The Girl Giant by Kristen den Hartog
I just started reading The Girl Giant by Kristen den Hartog last night and could tell right away that it was a winner. This small book--both in size (it measures about 5 X 7 inches) and page length (just 219 pages)--is compact but tells a big story.
Here's where the lint comes in (on page 26), when Ruth is describing going to her first day of kindergarten with her mother:
"On my first day, I was creeping up on five feet, heads taller than my peers, who stared at me as I made my way down the speckled hall to my classroom, sweaty hand gripping Elspeth's sleeve. Clip-clop went Elspeth's shoes, and her dark dress without a speck of lint swished against her nylons, like people whispering."
The writing is so good and the story wonderful.