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Mickey Meets the Giant

Posted by Tracy Poff on July 13, 2011

Mickey Meets the Giant puts Mickey Mouse in the shoes of a number of classic folk tale heroes, similar in particular to The Valiant Little Tailor (not an unfamiliar role for Mickey).

In this story, Mickey is a woodcutter, and when he goes into a town to get his axe sharpened, he hears that a giant has been terrorizing the town, and offers to stop him. At length, the townspeople send him off with the supplies he’s requested: a bag, a drinking straw, and a cheese.

He tricks the giant into solving some of the problems he’s caused, and then challenges the giant to see who can squeeze the most water from a stone (this is Aarne-Thompson type 1060). The giant can’t squeeze out any, but Mickey pretends the cheese is a stone, and squeezes whey from it. Seeing this, the giant is frightened of Mickey, and ran away. The town is saved, and Mickey is a hero.

The story is great–I’m a sucker for retellings of classic folk tales, and I definitely support exposing children to these stories that are the foundations of so much modern literature.

The illustrations are lovely and colorful. As expected of a children’s book, it’s quite possible to understand the story just by looking at the pictures.

Mickey Meets the Giant is a great, fun book for kids.

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4 Responses to “Mickey Meets the Giant”

  1. […] more classic than The Tortoise and the Hare. The story in this one is fairly fun; not as good as Mickey Meets the Giant, but still […]

  2. Shannon said

    Where can find a copy to buy? Of Mickey and the Giant

    • Tracy Poff said

      You can pick up a used copy on Amazon. I’m fairly sure these are long out of print, so you won’t find them in a bookstore. Actually, I’m not sure you’re likely to find a bookstore, either, so I suppose it all works out.

  3. […] is in seeing the ways his subterfuge is revealed, and how he gets his comeuppance in the end. Like Mickey Meets the Giant, this is a story of the triumph of the clever. Also like Mickey Meets the Giant, this is one of the […]

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