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The Smartest Giant in Town
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2008
We have a selection of books by this author, but if I had a £1 for time I've had to read this to my little girl then I would be very well off! It's quirky and fun to read, has excellent illustration and language use as well as a good moral to the story. The kids adore it. We adore it. Be warned: if you get this book, expect to be reading it night after night for a very long time!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2009
What a delightful book. Enjoyed by both my 2.5 year old son and his mum ! Highly recommended and even better in this boardbook format, very resilient.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2006
My little girl, who is not yet 2 but absolutely loves this book, I ofter have to read it twice !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2015
I love most Julia Donaldson's and Alex Schefflers books. My favourites are The Gruffalo and Room on the broom. My daughter was introduced to her books when she was 5 and her favourites are probably What the ladybird heard and Superworm. This book has the recognisable rhyme as well as lovely illustrations, but I'm troubled by the story. In simple terms, it's about a person who gives away his newly acquired possessions, which actually comes to bite him. Then he goes back to his old possessions and he gets a thank you card from the animals he gifted his new possessions to. If the message is that you can be happy without new things, why did the giant cry and was shown unhappy? I'd be even more disappointed if the message was you shouldn't give your possession because you'll loose your trousers.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2004
I read to my son all the time and this is one of my favorite books and his too. The Gruffalo was sweet but this story has much more to offer, the kind giant feels bad becuase he is not as smart as the others, but he would literally give the shirt off his back to help others - and that's much more important. Reminds us of another kind and humble man in a robe and sandels! Told beautifully with a gentle rhyme! A must for every pre-schooler.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2008
Zany story and zany, funny ills combine to make a really good package for young children at storytime. The ills combine a striking ability to make a simple statement while being quite detailed. The verses and letter that make part of the narative add variety.

Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a tale of off-beat generosity, which is well enough. The charm of this book, to me, is the clever fashion in which the Giant's new clothes serve to help the various animals he encounters on his way. The illustrations are workmanlike, but didn't strike me as very special. There is little by way of interest tucked into the drawings. There is no particular word play - the story is just set out in a repeating sing-song style.

That said, stories about generosity and sharing that have picture book appeal and that don't hector are uncommon enough that this book is worth a look.
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My son is now 27 months old, and his language is continually improving. He doesn't understand every word and story I read, and can get bored of long passages of text (even in his favourite Thomas books!) but he really appreciates rhythm and rhyme in a story. I decided, after seeing a couple of her books last year, that now would be a good time to try Julia Donaldson.

The story is simple enough - a giant tires of wearing the same old raggedy clothes and decides to smarten himself up with a new outfit. He is very pleased with his smart, new look. However he gives away the new clothes item by item in order to help others less fortunate than he, until his new outfit is almost gone! What will he do without it?

Now this story is not written in completely the same style as her other books we have read - there is not the same emphasis on rhyming couplets throughout the story (aside from the Giant's Song which is developed throughout the book). However there is a beautiful rhythm all through the book, and it relies on a simple theme - "It's not what you look like, it's what's inside that counts".

Educationally, there are a variety of animals to meet, each item of clothing plays a part and some interesting situations are come across, all in a very entertaining manner. My son also gets worried for the poor mice who have lost their house - a good sign that he is engaged in the story.

All in all a lovely book, ideally for a child over 2.

(*Note: this book contains no Giant Nudity, and is suitable for little giants.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2008
The Smartest Giant in Town
My 3 year old son loves this story, he will request it again and again and it always holds his attention and he will listen intently. I have noticed he will attempt to read the story to himself assisted by the colourful images.
For those who liked the Gruffalo this is another fantastic childrens story by Julia Donaldson and is well worth having in your child's collection; From an adult prespective its also enjoyable to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2012
We live in a material world where wearing the right clothes and having the right image is oh so important. Speaking as the person who has no style and no fashion sense I love how this book shows that sometimes it is not how you look that is important but how you act towards other people. I think the world could do with a little more kindness
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