Julia Donaldson The Smartest Giant in Town

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The Smartest Giant in Town

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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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Julia Donaldson's many books for Macmillan include the modern classic THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2) and the best-selling MONKEY PUZZLE (0 333 72001 6). Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals. Axel Scheffler has had books published in over a dozen countries. His books for Macmillan have included THE BEDTIME BEAR, the Smarties gold award-winning THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2) and MONKEY PUZZLE (0 333 72001 6). Born in Hamburg, he now lives in London.

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PreS-Gr. 1. George, a giant, buys a spiffy new wardrobe to replace his worn, patched gown and sandals. Soon he strides through town and country, singing to himself and helping those he meets along the way. He gives his tie to a giraffe with a cold neck, one of his shoes to a mouse for a home, and his belt to help a dog who keeps sinking in a muddy bog. When his unbelted pants fall down (a sight that will provoke hoots and giggles from the story hour set), George realizes that he's cold. Once he finds his old clothes and his new friends again, he's warm both inside and out. George's song, which becomes longer each time he sings it, functions as a cumulative reflection of his good deeds and a rhythmic, rhyming break from the prose text. Children will find this an appealing tale, with especially nice art. Scheffler creates an unabashedly childlike, imaginary land where clothed animals, people, and giants peacefully coexist. Amusing details abound in the lively, colorful illustrations. Carolyn Phelan
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