Kevin Holtsberry, author of the "Collected Miscellany" blog, offers an enthusiastic review of The Selfish Giant. Here is a portion of Holtsberry's review:
Once upon a time I had an idea to post reviews of books I like to read my children. Alas, like so many of my ideas it never quite took off. But in this case it did pay off in at least one way. It seems Dan Goeller stumbled upon that review and thought I might be interested in his project. Goeller, a composer, was part of a new rendition of the Oscar Wilde classic The Selfish Giant but this one a musical as well as literary effort
After having a chance to look and listen to the story, I have to say it is well done. A joy to listen to and read. For more and a video example see below.
The artwork is whimsical and childlike but with enough mystery to match the lovely story. I particularly like the giant – large and rather unattractive but whose personality and features change as the story progresses.
The music is beautiful but doesn’t overpower the story and the narration is well done. All together it is a nice package: art, literature and music. A great way to introduce your kids to all three. My kids enjoyed it and I am sure yours will too.
The entire review can be found online at the Collected Miscellany blog.