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George the Giant was a happy friendly giant but one day he felt unhappy about how he was dressed, his clothes felt old and raggedy, so he decided to get himself a new outfit.

He felt so smart in his new suit and shoes and walked happily home, however on the way he encounters some characters who need his help, but this help may involve his new clothes. What will George the friendly giant do?

Reader's Reviews

I thought this book was lovely, with an engaging character in George, following his stories to see what he will do. It is an excellent book to read aloud to a class of children, or maybe with your child at home. There is alliteration, rhyme and some lovely descriptive words. Enjoyable for both adults and children!

Another lovely book from Julia Donaldson, with lovely illustrations from Alex Scheffler.

The Smartest Giant in Town is a picture book by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

It is a short story involving a scruffy giant named George, who gets some new clothes. However, he ends up giving most of them away to friends in need on his journey home. It is well illustrated with bright, colourful drawings that will capture a child’s attention. The illustrations are very detailed and mostly full page, which allows a teacher the opportunity to interact with the children throughout the story. For example, asking them to find certain objects in the background, counting the number of mice etc.

The book only takes about 5 minutes to read straight through, so it can have a lot of uses in a classroom. It would be good for a teacher to read as a time filler between activities, or for individual reading in a comprehension or language session. The book also has a lot of dialogue and different characters, allowing the reader to use lots of expression and different voices. This could be used to encourage reluctant readers or even as a basis for a class performance.

The book uses a lot of literary tools. There are examples of rhyme, alliteration, repetition and a lot of adjective and adverbs among others. This means that the book can be used for a variety of age groups and abilities.

On the whole, it is a lovely story, which teaches children the importance of sharing. George is very pleased with his new clothes, but when he comes across other characters that are in need, he gives them away. This is a valuable lesson for children to learn, in an accessible, enjoyable format.

Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 4 years and upwards
  • Reading Aloud Age: With an adults 2 years and upwards.

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