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'A book that celebrates friendship and the power of being true to yourself.' Frank Cottrell-Boyce

It's hard to measure up in a family with high expectations. But it's even harder when those people sometimes use you as an arm rest. And call you 'Peanut'.

Anzo is 11 years old and very, very short. Mum, Dad and his two uncles are extremely tall but they're also high achievers, obsessed with fulfilling their lifelong ambition of opening a restaurant together. Everyone has a role - but where does Anzo fit in? If only he could grow a few inches in height, then no one would be able to overlook him.

Then, overnight, Anzo starts to grow. Is life as a giant going to solve all his problems, or should he stop worrying and learn to just be himself?

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2nd April '17
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
I can not tell you how much i genuinely enjoyed this book.

I felt an instant affinity to Anzo and found many parallels between us- i too am short (I'm 9 so it isn't a big deal at the moment), my family are also quite short (so i think that being short will be a permanent feature), i have been picked on for one thing or another (usually for my love of books, i know, crazy right?!) so understanding Anzo's point of view came quite naturally to me.

I thought the story was great and found myself completely encompassed in Anzo's life from beginning to end. 

This is definitely a book i will read and reread over and over again. 
17th May '17
Cooldude read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
My son really enjoyed reading this book about what will happen as he grows in a story and easy to understand way.
3rd April '17
Charliechuc read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
This book could have been about me I am the smallest in my class and I always think I cant do stuff and  in the book a boy called Anzo thinks he's no good because he is short.  I have learnt like Enzo that it doesn't matter about your size as long as you are yourself.


my mum always says cute things come in small packages.

Mums comment: I love the moral of the story explaining to children about it not mattering about size.
29th March '17
Hermione read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
This story is about a boy called Anzo who thinks he's no good because he is short. 
But he learns that it doesn't matter if you are tall or short as long as you are yourself.

Anzo was my favourite character but I also liked his best friend Elise. This was a funny, happy book. It made me smile. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who thinks that they are too short! 
4th April '17
alexia read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
This book is amazing it is very intresting how you can grow from tiny to a giant in about a week.
This book is marvelous because it is funny,sad,exciting and happy all at the same time!!!
The characters are (main) Anzo
recomended 5+
4th April '17
I read it myself (an adult) & to Miss Cleveland's Bookshelf aged 8 to 11
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
Giant by Kate Scott

Anzo isn't happy. It's not just that he is small, he feels small in every way that counts. His height is the cause of constant jokes and bullying at school, and at home, he feels lost among his family who are giants, both in height and personality. He is too small and too ordinary to feel worthy of having his voice heard.

When his best friend, Elise (therapist in training), encourages him to ‘think positive’, and one thing starts to change, he realises that being tall isn't the instant solution he was hoping for. How will he ever measure up?

Funny, moving and ultimately uplifting, Giant is an emotional journey of friendship, self-discovery and believing in yourself.

Great for fans of Radio Boy and Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy.
5th August '17
holliepskelton read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
I really liked the storyline and there was nothing i really disliked. The characters were fun and seemed to be friendly. I really enjoyed the story and would definitely read more by this author. 
18th January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
If you search for Giant to purchase or read reviews about it, you'll find it's often accompanied by the phrase 'A feel-good story children's book about growing up and being yourself.'

But to me, it's even more than that.

We meet Anzo at the beginning: an overlooked despondent, reticent Year 6 boy harboured by his own experiences of home and school life, in which he's often ignored or teased or both. Throughout the story, however, we discover Anzo's inner voice and uncover his true passions, what makes him tick and what makes him him. By the end, fittingly, he's grown both literally and figuratively in every sense of the word.

And that’s just Anzo.

Wait until you meet his usually erratic and rambunctious family – Mum, Dad, Uncle Talbert and Uncle Miles – who are more invested in restoring their house for their new restaurant (which explains a lot as to why Anzo initially feels the way he does) than recognising Anzo and his achievements. Fortunately for them, they realise what they've been missing out on just in time.

As for his best friend Elise (an old-head-on-young-shoulders), she is the friend we all wish to have and what we all need. A future therapist, she's read every book, manual and how-to-guide cover-to-cover on modern psychology and subsequently instils Anzo in to the now very much current way of The Power of Positive Thinking. This, however, can only help him so far...

Readers, particularly of older primary school ages, may identify and relate to some of Anzo’s experiences of being teased at school and generally just not quite 'fitting in'.  But they will definitely connect to Anzo (like I did!) and learn that life is not necessarily about fitting in but finding your own way and in fact, sometimes, standing out. Standing out for the right reasons in acknowledging and nurturing what you already have, not what you want or in this case, what you think or wish you want.

Giant packs in big, strong, heartfelt messages in sincere, thought-provoking paragraphs as a result of Kate's eloquent, touching and poignant style of writing which will be welcomed in classrooms, schools and homes across the country.

Kate's writing is also complemented and visually characterised by comic-book style illustrations from Alexandra Gunn, that will greatly appeal to readers in which we peer into's Anzo imagination where he takes inspiration from his real-life everyday battles with bullies, using these experiences as a form of escapism in to the cartoon world through the character of Giant.

If I were to sum Giant up, it's such a refreshingly charismatic read that promotes empathy, confidence-building and overcoming insecurities so well. It will have you really feeling deeply for Anzo (some of the time); laughing out loud (most of the time); and will really prove that good things do come in small – and tall – packages (all of the time!).

A totally transformative tale to read, and read aloud, to help readers truly think and feel what it's like to be others.

If you want to help to not only teach but to also nurture the morals, values and emotions of the children in your class, then I highly recommend that you read this book to them.

Perfect for Year 4 & Year 5 (& comic-book fans!).
3rd August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Giant 9781848125643
5 stars
A lovely book with a big heart. Anzo was an excellent main character and I bet everyone can probably think of someone similar to his best friend, Elise, in their own lives! Anzo sets out to prove that he is worth more than his height and to fulfil his dreams of being a comic book artist. A lovely message and happy ending.
16th September '17
ashtonslater read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Giant 9781848125643
4 stars
This book is about a child who gets bullied about his size but finds a way to solve his problems. A fun read 
18th April '17
I read it to Hstar aged 9 aged 9
Giant 9781848125643
4 stars
We loved this story from the start it was easy to relate to Anzo and how he was struggling to find his place at home and at school.  A beautiful story following Anzo and his desire to be tall like the rest of his family and along the way how his wish comes true but he understands that growing up is more than just height.  Written in a way that my 9 year old daughter could easily relate to.  
13th September '17
Cooldude read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Giant 9781848125643
4 stars
Kadyn enjoyed this book and thought it was full of good information about growing up in a fun way.
1st April '17
swalker read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Giant 9781848125643
4 stars
I liked this book.
Im one of the smallest in my class at school but most of my family is only short so I wasn't expecting to be a tall girl. It's a great story to show that just because we're short doesn't mean we aren't special too.
This book is a must for people who feel down about being short. My mum said she always wanted to be taller but always tells me 'little things come in beautiful packages' and I think she's right.
17th April '17
Ollie05 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Giant 9781848125643
4 stars
This book was about a boy called Anzo who just wanted to fit in. He started off in the story being short and just wanted to be taller so he would  be like everyone else. As the story went on Anzo grew taller but still felt like he didn't fit in. Through his love of drawing cartoons and a very good friend Anzo found happiness. I enjoyed reading this story.
2nd April '17
Pokeman read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Giant 9781848125643
3 stars
At the start of this book I found it slow and a little boring but I carried on and it did get better towards the end.

The story is set in present time a d mainly takes place in school and home. 
My favourite character was Miles because he was funny and he wanted to turn the hotel into a restaurant.

The book has a good moral, you should be happy to be who you are regardless of size.
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Kate Scott has written for CBeebies (Big and Small, Chuggington) and The Hive (Disney World). Her radio play Voice was shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award. Follow Kate on Twitter: @KateScottWriter...

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