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The Smartest Giant in Town

Author: Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help - and his clothes!All children will love The Smartest Giant in Town, a funny and warm-hearted tale from the creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Published: 5th September 2003
Number of Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9780333963968

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  1. #3 of 1864 books for 6 year olds
  2. #3 of 2308 books for 4 year olds
  3. #4 of 1825 books for 2 year olds
  4. #8 of 2085 books for 3 year olds
  5. #8 of 1818 books for 5 year olds
  6. #13 of 1615 books for 8 year olds
  7. #38 of 1816 books for 7 year olds
  8. #39 of 850 books for Babies
  9. #48 of 1540 books for 1 year olds
  10. #1052 of 1139 books for 10 year olds
  11. #1074 of 1512 books for 9 year olds
58 Book reviews
22nd June '16
I read it to Springs aged 3 to 4
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5 stars
This story always goes down well. The children love to join in with the chorus part. We also put up our own giant and the children coloured in some colours for him and the animals. It's a favourite story for 3 and 4 year olds. Julia Donaldson writes brilliant books and always as lovely colourful illustrations.
10th August '16
I read it to Arthur aged 2 & to WillP aged 4
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5 stars
One of my eldest son's all time favourites. I love the rhymes, and illustrations.
The book contains very inventive situations involving the giant giving his clothes to others, in order to help them out.
It's lovely to read books that promote kindness to others and the concept of sharing. The giant realises that fancy clothes aren't all that
important after all.
15th June '17
I read it to Zacharyfloyd aged 6
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5 stars
Me and my son absolutely love this book. It rhymes well, it made him giggle and the pictures are brilliant. Yet another hit from Julia Donaldson 
26th April '16
I read it to Willow Class aged Under 1 to 4
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5 stars
Julia Donaldson does it again! A fabulous rhyming story that the children love to join in with! The giant is very kind to all the other animals by giving them his new smart clothes. This book inspired lots of discussions about how we can show kindness to others. What good deed will you do today Willow Class?
1st October '14
Read to children aged 2 & 4
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5 stars
My girls love the repetition of the rhyme. They know it off by heart and when it comes up in the book. Unlike other books they have never become bored with this one and it's often known that it's the bedtime story for at least a week before we can move onto singeing else!
18th October '16
I read it to Ragdollkhanbaby aged 4
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5 stars
This is a lovely book with a wonderful caring sentiment behind it.  It tells the story of a giant who was quite scruffy and decides to smarten himself up by getting some new clothes, however on his return from the shop he finds many animals who are in much greater need them him so he gradually gives all his clothes away!  Great illustrations as expected and a book which clearly demonstrates about the benefits of giving and sharing, highly recommended.
9th October '17
harrybo read it aged 6
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5 stars
Another classic story from Donaldson.
Good morals about sharing, even if it leaves you with nothing. Usual catchy illustrations and quirky rhyming. Funny when his pants fall down
11th July '16
I read it to Luca2012 aged 4 & to Sophia_unicorn aged 7
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5 stars
This is such a sweet and unexpected book - the giant is so kind, and my son in particular finds it hilarious that he's slowly strips off his clothes to give to others. The illustrations are really cute and it's definitely one that will be read again and again.
1st December '14
I read it to Mshepfrommelbourne aged 5
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5 stars
A wonderful book with rhymes and fantastic illustrations. A book to teach your young ones the beauty of kindness and sharing.
9th October '17
I read it to Mt13 aged 4 & to Ht15 aged 2
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5 stars
Another great book by a great author. Fantastic illustrations. Gorgeous story about a scruffy giant who does many great deeds and is repayed by his new friends 
21st July '16
I read it to Dragonmaster aged 6 & to Kerfuffle aged 3
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5 stars
A brilliant book, with the usual fab illustrations from Axel Scheffler and great catchy rhymes from Julia Donaldson. My kids always enjoy it and it has such a good message about being kind to people and they will be kind back. My boys love the giant, and think he is kind and funny. 
6th February '17
I read it (an adult) , to Rubiroo aged 4 & to Darcm aged 4 months
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5 stars
One of my daughters favourite authors a book that she recognises the cover, illustrations and wording. This story sees George the giant buying new clothes in a shop and on his way home coming across animals who need help. Fun story, lots of songs and rhymes that make this book a brilliant read for the whole family to enjoy. 
11th September '17
I read it to Booksy_Mum_Boy aged 1
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5 stars
A heartwarming book that promotes kindness and compassion for others. The story has a clear thread which is easy for toddlers to follow, and the rhyme of the text helps them absorb the rythym of language . As is always the case with Axel Scheffler's work, the illustrations are also fantastic and so detailed.
19th August '16
I read it to BlastyMK aged 8 & to Foofie12 aged 4
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5 stars
We love this book so much that we frequently find ourselves referencing the line 'I'm the coldest Giant in town'... Example: Other half and I on way to grow-up evening out, his sweatshirt tied round his waist starts slipping down. He grumbles and remarks that he's like 'the coldest giant in town' ;-) There weren't even any children with us...!
We're lucky enough to have an author-signed copy of this book and we've read it countless times. A Donaldson classic.
1st December '14
Read to children aged 3 & 5
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5 stars
In this book a lovely giant named George helps a variety of animals on his way home. The story is fun and the rhymes are very clever. George sings a little song to himself (adding a line with each animal he meets) and very quickly my children had picked up the rhymes and were joining in and guessing the next line added. Cleverly written and great fun. Highly recommend this story and Julia Donaldson's entire collection
5th November '16
I read it to Chloe aged 8
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5 stars
George the giant was a very scruffy giant until one day he bought some new clothes. He was a very kind giant and ended up giving his new clothes away to the other animals in more need. This is a very sweet and humbling story and is written in a wonderful upbeat rhyming way that is in all Julia Donaldson's books. This is one of our favourites :)
9th June '16
I read it to Deedawg aged 6
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5 stars
I have read this to my daughter hundreds of times. We both enjoy the story and can now recite the 'Look me up and down; I'm the smartest Giant in town' rhyme of by heart. I think we both like the repetitive rhymes, the illustrations and the vulnerability of the Giant. He's such a kind, giving chap you can't help but fall in love with the guy! And the story has a great moral, it's not about how you're dressed, it's about being kind to your friends! 
29th November '16
I read it to Bertie aged 3
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5 stars
This is such a great book, lovely rhyming beautiful illustrations get even the youngest child engaged with the story. I love that the Giant puts everyone else's needs above his own, its a really heart warming story to tell and my 3 year old loves it.
16th October '17
I read it to CalPas aged 2
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5 stars
A lovely story. The illustrations are great. My son loves to play along to George's song (on the saucepans) while listening to the story. 
15th October '16
I read it to HatterBoy aged 6
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5 stars
This is such a fantastic book..... as always by Julia Donaldson this is well written with lovely illustrations to compliment it!! I have loved reading this to both my boys over the years and as such it's now a very well-worn book!! Lovely story that has underlying theme that kindness is everything.... I also like the song George sings as it allows a parent to show off their vocals to their little ones!!
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