The Smartest Giant in Town

The Smartest Giant in Town

Book - 2002
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George, a kind and gentle giant, buys himself a new shirt, tie, shoes and trousers, but he encounters a number of animals along the way who need his help, and his new clothes.
Publisher: London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780333961445
Branch Call Number: JP Donal
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill
Additional Contributors: Scheffler, Axel


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Oct 31, 2016

a must-read.

Feb 18, 2015

My kids love this book, and I do, too. George is kind, and he find out that his kindness is appreciated by those who he helps. And you get to sing parts of the story!

ksoles Feb 17, 2015

When George, the scruffiest giant in town, gets the chance to swap his patched old gown and brown sandals for a smart pair of shoes, argyle socks, trousers, a white shirt and a stripy tie, he promptly jumps at it.

Feeling very spiffy indeed, George heads home but, on his way, he meets several animals trying to overcome disasters. Each needs help in the form of one piece from George's attire and, being a friendly giant, George doesn't hesitate to assist his pals. As a result, he ends up a very cold giant and has to resurrect his old gown and sandals. He begins to feel melancholy but soon finds himself surrounded by grateful animals who chant: "Your tie is a scarf to a cold giraffe, Your shirt's on a boat as a sail for a boat...So here is a very fine crown to go with the sandals and gown of the KINDEST giant in town."

Donaldson tells the story in prose but includes some trademark flowing rhymed sections. She presents a classic children's book construction in which the protagonist goes through a series of similar experiences in different guises. Thus, the theme and the plot prove very accessible for small children, who will love the repetition and silliness involved. As always, the vivid, bold and entertaining illustrations of Axel Sheffler captivate children and the humorous scenery of a quaint world inhabited by both giants and humans will even hold adults' interest.

A book that both entertains from toddlerhood to preschool and advocates for kindness over appearance in a society in which some see dowdiness as a moral transgression.

jeffjardine Aug 10, 2012

Every time we take home a batch of kids' books from the library, the Julia Donaldson titles turn out to be our preschooler's favourite. This one is no exception.

It's a good story about generosity. The story doesn't rhyme but the giant sings a song that does.

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