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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (20 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333961447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333961445
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.7 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,661 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

Book Description

A warm tale about a friendly giant whose heart is better than his dress sense!

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "amandajp" on 16 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jellicle on 24 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
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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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 8 Dec. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Vilaca on 17 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By Mrs. H. A. Smith on 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 By Ms. J. Mullins on 19 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By C. Doutch on 20 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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