Synopses & Reviews
When George the giant spies a shop full of wonderful clothes, he decides to treat himself to a new outfit. He puts on his new shirt, pants, shoes, and tie, and is immediately transformed from the scruffiest
giant in town to the spiffiest
giant in town. But on his way home, George runs into various animals who need his help. And little by little, George finds himself giving away all his new purchases.
From the creators of Room on the Broom, this is a lively tale that reminds readers that sometimes it's what's inside a person-or a giant-that matters most.
"Like Donaldson and Scheffler's previous collaborations (The Gruffalo; Room on the Broom), this humorous story makes a first-rate read-aloud. Scheffler's vibrant, almost radiant illustrations conjure up giants, people and animals who inhabit a sort of fairy-tale British village a place where it seems normal for a giant named George to wear monastic-style sandals on his hairy legs and a patched, yellowing gown. And when George emerges from a new tailor's shop in sartorial splendor, with his hair slicked back and his pants creased, he gradually gives away each article of his new clothing to a series of creatures in need and reverts to his scruffy style. Donaldson's rhyme is both catchy and cumulative: 'My tie is a scarf for a cold giraffe,/ My shirt's on a boat as a sail for a goat,/ But look me up and down / I'm the spiffiest giant in town!' A mouse's-eye view of the giant foreshadows the article of clothing that will serve as the mice's new home, and children will especially enjoy the picture of George forlornly sitting on the curb in undershirt and red-and-white polka-dotted boxers. The book's joie de vivre and the characters' droll camaraderie will almost certainly prove infectious. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A first-rate read-aloud. (Publishers Weekly)
George wishes he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So one day he visits a new shop that's full of spiffy clothes. He buys new pants, a new shirt, a striped tie, and shiny shoes, and soon George is the spiffiest giant in town. But on his way home, George meets various animals who desperately need his help ... and his clothes! From the popular creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, here is a fun-filled read-aloud that reminds us that having a giant-sized heart is even more rewarding than being giantly spiffy.
On the way home from the clothing store, George meets animals who could really use his new clothes.
From the popular creators of "The Gruffalo" and "Room on the Broom" comes a fun-filled read-aloud which reminds readers that having a giant-sized heart is even more rewarding than being giantly spiffy. Full color.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.