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Title:
The spiffiest giant in town
Author:
Donaldson, Julia.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Summary:
George the giant, known for wearing his old patched clothes, finally buys new ones, but then gives them away to some needy animals.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 68974.
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ISBN:
9780803728486
Format :
Book

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From the popular creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom comes a fun-filled read-aloud that reminds readers that having a giant-sized heart is even more rewarding than being giantly spiffy. Full color.


Author Notes

Julia Catherine Donaldson was born on Sept. 16, 1948 in London. She is a British writer and playwright and the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate. She is known for her rhyming stories for children. These include: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She began writing songs for children's television but has focused on writing books when the words of one of her songs - A Squash and a Squeeze were made into a children's book in 1993. She has over 180 published works with 120 of them intended for school use and include her Songbirds phonic reading scheme, which is part of the Oxfird Reading Tree.

She has won several awards including: The Stockport Book Award for her title The Troll, The Oxfordshire Book Award for her title Zog and The Oldham Book Award for her title Jack and the Flumflum Tree. In 2015 The Gruffalo made The New Zealand Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-In a place where giants and "regular sized" people coexist peacefully, George has a problem. He is "the scruffiest giant in town" until he finds a new clothing shop and buys himself some new duds. However, his days of being the spiffiest giant in town are numbered because he is so kindhearted. As he sings a little tune to himself about looking so fine, he runs into needy creatures. Soon George has given up his striped tie to warm a giraffe's neck, a shoe to house a mouse family, his shirt to a goat that needs a sail for its boat, and so on until he has to retrieve his old rags. Finally, he is offered a crown and the title "the kindest giant in town" by his appreciative beneficiaries. Scheffler's brightly colored, animated cartoons, done in pencil, ink, watercolors, colored pencils, and crayons, are perfect for this offbeat story of generosity. Good for collections needing books about being kind to others.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.