The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Axel Scheffler


The story is about a giant called George who always wears the same pair of brown sandals and the same patched up gown.  One day he notices a new shop and so he buys himself a new shirt, a smart pair of trousers, a smart belt, a smart stripy tie, some socks with diamonds up the side and some shiny shoes.

On his way home though he meets lots of animals who are all upset for one reason or another such as the giraffe who has a cold neck he gives his tie and the giraffe uses this as a scarf, a goat whose sail on his boat blew away – George gives him his shirt – and this continues throughout the story until – well the smartest giant in town with his new clothes is no more as he’s given all his new clothes away.

The story has a lovely rhyme and an equally impressive story almost like an Asop fable in that the story revolves around giving to those in need and you will then be rewarded as George is at the end of the story and throughout he is happy that he is helping those around him who had previously been upset before his help.

Another fantastic book by Julia Donaldson and the illustrations by Axel Scheffler beautifully accompany the story so that a young child who can’t read is able to read the story by looking at the pictures.

This is certainly another favorite in our home, and I’m unsure how many time’s I have read this story to Monkey .  I would rate this 10/10.  Monkey loves this story and says the best bit is the giraffe – as he thinks it’s funny that he’s using a tie as a scarf!

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