The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

The Smartest Giant in Town
  • A giant gives his clothes away to those who need them more than he does in this lovely story about helping others
  • Repetitive text that is great to read aloud
  • Colourful illustrations full of amusing details


Publisher: Macmillan Children's books
Age group: Toddler
Age group: Preschooler

'My son loved turning the pages with me...'

Really good book loved reading it my son and he loved turning the pages with me.

Rachel Lote

About the author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is one of today's most popular writers. Her bestselling titles include The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom. Although she is best-known for her picture books, Julia also writes longer novels, plays and songs. She lives in Glasgow and spends a lot of time on stage performing her brilliant sell-out singalong shows!

Axel Scheffler

Axel was born in Hamburg, Germany. At school he was good at art, but didn't think of a career in illustration until he won a cuddly purple cow in a drawing competition. He moved to England in 1982 to study illustration at the Bath Academy of Art, and then set up home in London. He was the illustrator for Julia Donaldson's first picture book, A Squash and a Squeeze -...
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What families say

With my son being autistic, I worked really hard to instil reading as a pleasure, rather than a chore. He now loves anything by Julia Donaldson and can recite The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child by heart.

Rating: 5 star
Bookstart Parent
8 July 2013

We love this book, my twins particularly enjoy the illustrations and identifying the different animals in the background. As well as the rhymes which recount the different people that have been helped by the giant. A favourite in our house!

Rating: 4 star
23 April 2012

i love reading this book and singing along with the giant's song, both my daughters and my nephew love this book i also bought a copy of this book for my nephew so he can enjoy it at home with his mum. fantastic book :)

Rating: 5 star
27 April 2013

My 3 yr old loves this book - as well as the books to read at bedtime, we have a Julia Donaldson CD we listen to in the car (preferable to nursery rhymes!). This is his favourite (even over the usual fave the Gruffalo) and he can quote it word for word! I'm looking forward to my 9m old being old enough to start enjoying it too. It has also spawned a common quote in our house "Cheer Up!"

Rating: 5 star
23 November 2012

Amazing book !! Lovely for all the family I love these authors

Rating: 5 star
28 August 2013

This is a fabulous story live reading it when it's asked for which is quite often. My three year old even now knows the rhyme which is great every time it comes up we play what's the missing word in the song and he knows instantly!

Rating: 5 star
12 July 2013

lovely rhymes. My 4 year old boy loves this and we read this at least once a week

Rating: 5 star
25 April 2013

Me and my oldest son like this book. It's a good way of learning how to be kind and to share.

Rating: 3 star
2 April 2013

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