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The Smartest Giant in Town [Illustrated] [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Axel Scheffler
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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Book Description

2 April 2010

George didn't like being the scruffiest giant in town, so when he sees a new shop selling giant-size clothes he decides it's time to update his image. With smart trousers, a smart shirt, stripy tie and shiny shoes, George is a new giant. But on his way home, he meets various animals who desperately need his help. . . and his clothes!

Now in sturdy board book format, all children will love this funny and warm-hearted tale.

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Product details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230749364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230749368
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.

The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).

Julia Donaldson has also published work with David Roberts, Nick Sharratt, Emily Gravett, Rebecca Cobb, and Lydia Monks. Her collaboration with Lydia Monks began in 2003, with the first collection of Princess Mirror-Belle stories. The fabulously glittery Sugarlump and the Unicorn is their sixth, and most recent, picture book collaboration. She also writes poems, plays, songs and fiction for older children and, together with her husband Malcolm, has performed her wonderful stage shows all over the world.

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...a heartwarming picture book. George the giant is not only smart but also kind... gentle verse and bold illustration... -- The Bookseller, 21 June 02

The perfect picture book with a special feel-good factor, which makes it an ideal present for young readers. -- The Children's Bookseller, 20 September 2002 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Book Description

George wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he’s the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help – and his clothes! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 16 Aug 2004
I was worried that my two year old would not understand this book as some of the words were beyond his understanding. I worried for no reason. My son absolutely loves this book and requests it every night without fail! The storyline is simple, nice and encourages sharing and friendliness (all the things that you want your children to learn). The illustrations are excellent and have so much going on in the background as well.
This book is a must have for all parents that enjoy reading bedtime stories as much as their children enjoy listening to them.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 Dec 2004
My son (3) and I really enjoy all the books written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, but this one is our favourite (well actually joint favourite with the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom).
As usual there is a fantastic rhythm to the story - it is a positive joy to read the book aload.
The illustrations are particularly good (and adult readers will enjoy the jokes included in the background).
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect bedtime story 24 Nov 2006
My two year old son adores this. It's an absolute favourite, along with Bear Hunt, A Squash and a Squeeze and the 'Snore' book! It's a wonderfully rhythmical story and if you don't mind doing silly voices and making up tunes it's perfect for reading at bedtime. As with all the above mentioned books, I often catch him reciting passages to himself..., "My tie is a scarf for a cold giraffe" etc. We have a wonderful children's bookshop near us and they recommended this book. At first I thought he might be too young, but they were absolutely right
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more delight from the Gruffalo team 5 Nov 2002
If not quite as classic as The Gruffalo, this tales is more moving. The writer plays on the word "smart" - the giant isn't smart in the US sense, but wants to be well-dressed. He buys himself a makeover, only to give it away piece by piece, to needy animals. In the end he returns to his ragged clothes, poorer, but rich in friendship. Like Room on the Broom, this is a rare story about not being selfish, told in bouncy rhyming couplets that even New Labour spin-doctors could grasp.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 3.5-year-old-daughter A-D-O-R-E-S it!! 17 Feb 2007
As mentioned by several reviewers, the story is consistent and very correct, full of education and good behaviour towards others around you - a great addition to any 2-5-year-old-child's development. However in addition, it also happens in stages, each new one full of charming characters, with compelling beautiful scenes. There is so much detail in each scene that every time you re-read, there is a new side-story to tell, which keeps an observing child as my daughter very curious to know what happens next. My daughter enjoys the inventing of the parallel characters, nothing to do with the core-story, like the daddy-cat fishing, then the kitty-cat, with mummy-cat by the tent, grilling a fish on the fire. I wish all books I bought my daughter, brought her as much enjoyment as this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PANTS!! 13 April 2007
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My 19 month old daughter loves this book - particularly the page where the giants trousers fall down to reveal his pants! She picks this up again & again & is clearly delighted when we pick this to read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book-really unusual and fun 19 Aug 2006
This is a lovely book that my daughter loves. Its a little unusual in story and has great pictures-well worth buying. We have now had this book for a couple of years and it still gets read on a regular basis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smartest Giant in Town 20 Jun 2009
Great fun. Bought it to supplement a theme on Jack and the Beanstalk. Really helped with young children to overcome the bad giant attitude. All the children enjoyed the repetition and the rhyme. Would recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My child absolutely loved this book. Will order more in the near future
Published 7 days ago by katya houston / jonathan houston
5.0 out of 5 stars smartest giant in town
another fantastic book from this author to delight children all over the world and l am sure adults do as well
Published 9 days ago by house elf
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beauty from Julia Donaldson...
An absolute pleasure to read, a wonderful story and my little boy is hooked. He often sings 'my tie is a scarf for a cold giraffe..' spontaneously. Read more
Published 26 days ago by rootstar
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson loves it
Room on the Broom remains his absolute favourite, especially the film version, but he is getting to like this one the more it is read to him.
Published 28 days ago by Lulu
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
My 3 and a half year old loves this book. There is enough repetition in it that she can really join in the reading of this, without it getting boring and monotonous for the grown... Read more
Published 1 month ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars My Sons Favourite Book
My son loves this book and insists on it being read to him every night before he goes to sleep. Great story of a caring Giant.
Published 2 months ago by Ian M. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story. My daughter loves it.
A really lovely story with a moral about kindness. My little one loves it often talks about it and how the giant was kind to the animals
Published 2 months ago by Karen Blakemore
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not one of the best
We have lots of JD stories, gruffalo, gruffalos child, stick man, monkey puzzle, tales from acorn wood, one ted.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KLou
4.0 out of 5 stars The smartest book in town
Great book; it's a great size and the illustrations are great. The story whilst good in its own right, is not quite as good as some of Julia donaldsons other titles, I can... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs A.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson loves it!
Bought this to read to my grandson when he stays for a sleep over. He loves all the Julia Donaldson books.
Published 2 months ago by DennyB
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