An Introduction to The Smartest Giant in Town

Julia Donaldson's The Smartest Giant in Town is a wonderful story with an important moral message. Find out everything about this brilliant picture book here.

About The Smartest Giant in Town

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The Smartest Giant in Town (2002) is a bestselling children's picture book by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. It follows a rather scruffy giant who decides he should smarten up his clothes one day, but it's not long before he ends up giving them all away to help others in need. The book won the 2003 Red House Children's Book Award, the 2003 Sheffield Children's Book Award and Blue Peter's Best Book to Read Aloud Award 2004.

Plot of The Smartest Giant in Town

George's clothes have become rather scruffy, so when he sees a new shop in town, he decides to buy a smart new shirt, tie and belt, and a smart new pair of trousers, socks and shoes. He's very pleased with his new outfit - he must be the smartest giant in town!

However, on his way home, he comes across a very cold giraffe, and gives his tie to the giraffe to use as a nice, warm scarf. He then meets a goat on a boat whose sail has flown off, and gives his shirt to the goat to use as a new sail. Next, he sees some very unhappy mice whose house has burned down, and gives them a shoe to use as a new home.

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Then, he stumbles across a rather sad fox who dropped his sleeping bag in a puddle, and gives the fox a sock to use as a cosy new sleeping bag. Finally, he sees a dog trying to get across a bog, and gives the dog his belt to use as a path across the mud.

But then his trousers start to fall down, and he feels rather conspicuous! So he decides to go back to the shop to get some more clothes, only to find it's closed. Fortunately, the shop owners have left his scruffy old clothes in a bag outside, so he puts them on and feels very comfortable indeed.

When he gets to his own front door, he finds all the animals he helped have gathered there, and have an enormous box with them. Inside the box, the giant finds a huge paper crown and a card. The animals have written a message in the card, proclaiming George to be the kindest giant in town.

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Why We Love The Smartest Giant in Town

We love the moral message this story conveys: that it's not what you have, but who you are and what you do that counts. George couldn't stand to see the animals suffering and therefore generously gave away his smart clothes to help them, and that's what made him a very good person - not the clothes he was wearing! We love that George sets out to be the smartest giant in town but ends up the kindest; the story really shows what truly matters, and kids can absorb this valuable lesson.

Axel Scheffler's gorgeous illustrations bring plenty of fun to the story, and are a pleasure to pore over. We love all the different characters he imaginatively portrays, who are full of charm and expression, and Axel Scheffler's iconic art style never fails to impress.

If, like us, you can't get enough of Julia Donaldson's magical tales, we have a wide range of Julia Donaldson books to browse.

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  • ADADR
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    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!
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    George didn't like being the scruffiest giant in town, so when he sees a new shop selling giant-size clothes he decides it's time to update his image. With smart trousers, a smart shirt, stripy tie and shiny shoes, George is a new giant. But on his way home, he meets various animals who desperately need his help...and his clothes! Now in sturdy board book format, all children will love this funny and warm-hearted tale.
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
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    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

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    Join George, the kindest giant you'll ever meet, in this must-have sticker book based on the bestselling The Smartest Giant in Town. Packed with games, activities and hundreds of stickers, this book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. The Smartest Giant in Town Sticker Book comes from the award-winning creators of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
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    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 unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This edition features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small! Also available with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.