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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Donaldson Narrator: Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Steven Pacey Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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A funny tale of kindness and friendship, with a superb rhyming refrain for children to join in with, from the creators of The Gruffalo.

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! Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Barry | 2/12/2014

    " I think this is a good book for children to read, it teaches generousity and thinking of others before yourself. The story is centered around a kind hearted giant who has shabby clothes and wants to look smart. He manages to to buy a smart outfit and has seemingly achieved his goal. He then however begins to hand out his large clothes to people who are more needy of them than he. He realises that these are all material things and in the end is just as happy in his old clothes. He accumulates many friends along the way on the back of his generous behavior. I think this is a wonderful book with excellent detailed pictures. All three of my children love this book and it is one that I would highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Mooradian | 1/28/2014

    " I really look forward to reading this one... My kids love it and the ending is particularly sweet when his friends recognize the Giants good deeds done that day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 1/27/2014

    " I think this is a very descriptive, well illustrated story. It portrays the gentle nature of this giant called George and how he helps others without any thought for himself. Having bought himself some new clothes he finds that there are animals, all with a greater need than him and he gives away his new items of clothing. They are used for a sail, a home and a sleeping bag. It includes descriptive adjectives. eg. smart shirt, wonderful scarf, magnificent sail etc. It also uses repetition and some rhyme. A brightly illustrated book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Woodbury | 1/15/2014

    " Whilst this book follows the usual Julia Donaldson formula, it is always a great bed time story. My daughter knows the story off by heart and sings along happily as the Giant gives away his new clothes to all those he meets. It never fails to entertain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2014

    " 39 months - a nice book about a compassionate giant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 1/2/2014

    " A fabulous story of kindness and reason triumphing over material concerns. My little girl loves reciting lines from the book - the smoothly constructed rhymes have a lovely flow to them. A joy to read aloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 12/29/2013

    " The Gruffalo is my favorite Julia Donaldson book - but this has the same great illustrations and is also a cute and catchy story (but without the great rhyme and rhythm). The giant shares all his new clothes and comes to appreciate his old clothes - he used to see them as "scruffy" but now sees them as "comfy". Great message about sharing and also about looking at what you have with gratitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 12/22/2013

    " Loved this book! We had fun making up a tune for the song he sings throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madison Jones | 12/20/2013

    " What an awesome message for children! It is not always about how nice you look, or if you have the best clothing. Personality is very important too! This book is also great for having children make predictions, and help read along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nojood Alsudairi | 12/11/2013

    " The illustrations are good. I like the gruffalos' books best though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan B | 12/3/2013

    " It's now called "the spiffiest giant in town". It's a sweet story. Said Kinley, "Mommy! They are teaching us a lesson in this book!!" Yes, indeed, my darling. They sure were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 11/12/2013

    " Stumbled across this one on the library shelves. There is an image of a giant with one shoe on and one shoe off. (Diddle, diddle dumpling is a bit of a family joke) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Umbreen Asghar | 11/9/2013

    " Another well illustrated picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. My daughter laughed aloud at the illustrations. A nice story about a generous giant who donates his clothes to animals in need. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/7/2013

    " Love the cadence, story, moral, length, etc. Fun to read aloud (and let my 3yr-old son fill in some of the words). One of our favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 8/26/2013

    " Read all of Julia Donaldson's books. Especially the ones by this German illustrator. They are--to me--the quintessential children's books; with bright illustrations, great messages, and fun stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milan Joseph | 8/15/2013

    " A little boring but cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 8/8/2013

    " My son thought this was hilarious. It is fun to read out loud because you get to make up a tune for the song. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/28/2012

    " M and I both enjoyed this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Library Quine | 9/11/2012

    " A fun story about a kindly giant who gives up his new clothes to help the needy animals he encounters. They is a repeating chorus with a cumulative element. A moral tale without too much sugary coating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 3/11/2012

    " I first read this under the title "The Spiffiest Giant in Town," which is a translation for us Americans, I guess. This book has a wonderful message about kindness being more important than pride of appearance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Powers Family | 2/9/2012

    " Love this story - great message but delightfully told. Illustrations are fun - there are some fun surprise references to classic fairy tales if you look - 3 little pigs, baa baa black sheep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Severson | 1/18/2012

    " This is one of my son's favorites. I made up a tune for George's song. It's maybe slightly too long, but the pictures and the song keep him interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenbaines123 | 10/27/2011

    " Not as good as the gruffalos child or the stick man, mainly as it doesn't rhyme as much but still a pleasant story with the usual gorgeous artwork of this series. Best for 3-4+ I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joleen Graumann | 10/23/2011

    " I love this book! My children and I made up a little song to the "My tie is a scarf for a cold giraffe...". This is a wonderful story about generosity; something I want instilled in my little ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean | 10/21/2011

    " A good fun book nursery students really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicki M | 3/6/2011

    " Here's another fab book by Julia Donaldson of Grufalo fame. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Umbreen | 2/22/2011

    " Another well illustrated picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. My daughter laughed aloud at the illustrations. A nice story about a generous giant who donates his clothes to animals in need. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 9/30/2010

    " I really look forward to reading this one... My kids love it and the ending is particularly sweet when his friends recognize the Giants good deeds done that day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan B | 4/26/2009

    " It's now called "the spiffiest giant in town". It's a sweet story. Said Kinley, "Mommy! They are teaching us a lesson in this book!!" Yes, indeed, my darling. They sure were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/18/2009

    " M and I both enjoyed this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 2/7/2009

    " Read all of Julia Donaldson's books. Especially the ones by this German illustrator. They are--to me--the quintessential children's books; with bright illustrations, great messages, and fun stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nojood | 7/24/2008

    " The illustrations are good. I like the gruffalos' books best though! "

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