The Miami Giant Author:Arthur Yorinks, Maurice Sendak Grade 1-4 — Children will need a knowledge of history and a pretty sophisticated sense of humor to enjoy this book to its fullest; it's apparent that Yorinks and Sendak had a fabulous time creating it, but something seems to have been lost in the translation. Explorer Guiseppe Giaweeni leaves Italy to look for China with the King and Queen's bles... more »sing "And don't be a stranger" ringing in his ears. Instead of China, he discovers Miami and a lost tribe of Giants called the Mishbookers who reside there. After some horse trading and fast talking, Giaweeni convinces Joe to return to Europe with him. Joe is billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World and, after much anticipation, performs before a packed theater. Unfortunately, the people in the audience misinterpret Joe's dance and, thinking he's gone berserk, flee for their lives. Giaweeni returns the giant to his family and heads out to discover new lands. And the Mishbookers, well, they moved to Long Island, "But this is not a proven fact." The Yiddish phrases, sprinkled throughout the narrative, provide much of the story's amusement. Sendak's watercolors overflow the pages, with larger-than-life characters and activities. Visual puns, such as a boot stepping on a china plate, add to the book's broad humor. The text's comic patter partnered with the slapstick illustrations are reminiscent of a vaudeville act?there's a lot of adult humor here, and quite a bit that kids will find downright silly.