This was a great story of coming-of-age. Berg is a giant without a family. He just wants to find a friend, a place where he can be accepted.
The story takes the reader on a Berg’s journey, and while it’s a bit heartbreaking, I think it’s also uplifting and moving. The story is fantastic, and I think it truly speaks to how children and adults should be treating each other at all times.
While the story is sad, I would absolutely still recommend it for the age group it’s targeting, which is middle grade. I think it’s age-appropriate, and while it does make for an emotional read, it’s touching and important.
The illustrations are wonderful as well. I loved the way they helped tell the story!
Where to Find This Book:
An orphaned giant named Berg is hoping to find just one person he can call friend.
For many years, Berg has lived alone; the only reminders of his family are his mother’s satchel and his recurring dreams of a white bear who shares a magical sand from a fallen star.
Sometimes, when Berg feels lonely, he will risk entering a village to trade a smooth river rock or a feather for food. He’s really searching for kindness and companionship; but with every attempt he makes, people chase him away, thinking he is Ünhold—a giant and a monster.
In his travels, Berg comes upon a city made of iron, where he meets a little girl, Anya. To his amazement and delight, Anya knows about the magical dream-sand, too, and says she wants to be his friend.
The mayor also befriends Berg and enlists him to guard the city from the dangerous Ünhold. But Anya suspects the mayor has other plans for the young giant. Fearing the city isn’t safe, she warns Berg to flee. Confused and torn between his two friends, the young giant has to figure out where he can place his trust.
This tender and unique story-within-a-story is a riveting tale of loss, longing, adventure, being yourself, and finding the true meaning of friendship.
Just the Facts:
The Legend of the Dream Giants by Dustin Hansen
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Pub Date: March 8, 2022
I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.