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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Piccadilly Press (9 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184812564X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848125643
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tina Fey famously said that trying to be popular at school is like working really hard to be elected Mayor of a town that will be destroyed in four years time. Giant is a fresh and funny meditation on the fickleness of peer pressure, and the pointlessness of trying to conform to its demands. Anzo is the smallest in his class. He's regularly mistaken for a nursery school child and is the automatic butt of endless 'jokes' and nicknames. When the school decides that this year's play will be Snow White, he is cast as ALL SEVEN dwarfs. All that changes when he discovers a self-help book that actually works. It makes him taller. So the teasing should stop. But it doesn't. Now he gets teased for being too tall. If that makes it sound a bit like Big - then that would be no bad thing. But Giant is very much its own book. Anzo's solution lies in his own hands - literally. He's a gifted cartoonist and his drawings are just one of the added attractions that give the book an extra depth. It also has a cast of vivid characters. Anzo's own family is warm and lively but its members are all lost in their own preoccupations - they remind me a little of Helen Cresswell's Bagthorpes. His best friend - Elise - is a sharp courageous counsellor. It's a book that celebrates friendship and the power of being true to yourself. -- Frank Cottrell Boyce I'm always on the look out for great books to share with my boys and Giant is one of my all time favorites too. Kate Scott has got the voice of Anzo spot on and he is a very relatable character - Max certainly identified with him, especially around some of the teasing that Anzo experiences at school and as a Mum I was pleased that the book helped us to talk about topics that are sometimes difficult like feeling like you don't fit in. I also loved Anzo's best friend Elise with her many wise words and post-it notes. It was also lovely to see a well written and developed boy/girl friendship. * One More Page * a funny, heart-warming tale of exasperating families, faithful friends and how an 11-year-old boy overcame his insecurities. * Armadillo Magazine * Giant is one of those books you know you're just going to love - the kind you want to give a squishy hug to. Is one of those books that every kid should read. I thought this book was adorable. I wanted to keep reading about Anzo and his life, because his voice was just so raw and honest and hopeful. * Girl vs Ebooks * a wonderful, warm and funny story about growing up and learning to believe in yourself. * Reading Zone * Giant is one of those nice reads that takes you along on the journey, making you smile at the appropriate moments and when you reach the end you feel good about reading. Anzo's narration is engaging, plus he is a likeable character. Giant is a book about feeling like you don't fit and then finding that you don't have to change to fit. I thought that that message came across well. Giant was quite a quick read but I didn't think the story needed anymore. The comic was a nice touch and I liked the plot. * Luna's Little Library * Anzo is a well-written character - boys will relate well to him, and to the emotions he goes through. There is plenty of humour in the book, plus interesting family dynamics which make for a great heartwarming read. * Parents In Touch * ''Giant' is a brilliant book- a real 'feel good' read with a giant heart!' * North Somerset * This is a compassionate story told with the right balance of humour and poignancy and one that is likely to strike a chord with readers who have experienced the tension between fitting in and feeling free to be themselves. * Books for Topics * 'A lovely read for top juniors with an endearing hero, Anzo, who has a nice line in humorous observation.' * School Library Journal * A lovely read for top juniors with an endearing hero, Anzo, who has a nice line in humorous observation. * School Library Journal * I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story while covering topics like being proud of who you are and how everyone is different. It made me feel sad at times when it made me think about how sometimes people at school can be horrible but it was good at reminding me to be kind to other people and that everyone has different strengths * What Luke Did Next *

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Tina Fey famously said that trying to be popular at school is like working really hard to be elected Mayor of a town that will be destroyed in four years time. Giant is a fresh and funny meditation on the fickleness of peer pressure, and the pointlessness of trying to conform to its demands. Anzo is the smallest in his class. He's regularly mistaken for a nursery school child and is the automatic butt of endless 'jokes' and nicknames. When the school decides that this year's play will be Snow White, he is cast as ALL SEVEN dwarfs. All that changes when he discovers a self-help book that actually works. It makes him taller. So the teasing should stop. But it doesn't. Now he gets teased for being too tall. If that makes it sound a bit like Big - then that would be no bad thing. But Giant is very much its own book. Anzo's solution lies in his own hands - literally. He's a gifted cartoonist and his drawings are just one of the added attractions that give the book an extra depth. It also has a cast of vivid characters. Anzo's own family is warm and lively but its members are all lost in their own preoccupations - they remind me a little of Helen Cresswell's Bagthorpes. His best friend - Elise - is a sharp courageous counsellor. It's a book that celebrates friendship and the power of being true to yourself. (Frank Cottrell Boyce)

I'm always on the look out for great books to share with my boys and Giant is one of my all time favorites too. Kate Scott has got the voice of Anzo spot on and he is a very relatable character - Max certainly identified with him, especially around some of the teasing that Anzo experiences at school and as a Mum I was pleased that the book helped us to talk about topics that are sometimes difficult like feeling like you don't fit in. I also loved Anzo's best friend Elise with her many wise words and post-it notes. It was also lovely to see a well written and developed boy/girl friendship. (One More Page)

a funny, heart-warming tale of exasperating families, faithful friends and how an 11-year-old boy overcame his insecurities. (Armadillo Magazine)

Giant is one of those books you know you're just going to love - the kind you want to give a squishy hug to. Is one of those books that every kid should read. I thought this book was adorable. I wanted to keep reading about Anzo and his life, because his voice was just so raw and honest and hopeful. (Girl vs Ebooks)

a wonderful, warm and funny story about growing up and learning to believe in yourself. (Reading Zone)

Giant is one of those nice reads that takes you along on the journey, making you smile at the appropriate moments and when you reach the end you feel good about reading. Anzo's narration is engaging, plus he is a likeable character. Giant is a book about feeling like you don't fit and then finding that you don't have to change to fit. I thought that that message came across well. Giant was quite a quick read but I didn't think the story needed anymore. The comic was a nice touch and I liked the plot. (Luna's Little Library)

Anzo is a well-written character - boys will relate well to him, and to the emotions he goes through. There is plenty of humour in the book, plus interesting family dynamics which make for a great heartwarming read. (Parents In Touch)

''Giant' is a brilliant book- a real 'feel good' read with a giant heart!' (North Somerset)

This is a compassionate story told with the right balance of humour and poignancy and one that is likely to strike a chord with readers who have experienced the tension between fitting in and feeling free to be themselves. (Books for Topics)

'A lovely read for top juniors with an endearing hero, Anzo, who has a nice line in humorous observation.' (School Library Journal)

A lovely read for top juniors with an endearing hero, Anzo, who has a nice line in humorous observation. (School Library Journal)

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great story while covering topics like being proud of who you are and how everyone is different. It made me feel sad at times when it made me think about how sometimes people at school can be horrible but it was good at reminding me to be kind to other people and that everyone has different strengths (What Luke Did Next)

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