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Giants Beware!
     

Giants Beware!

by Rafael Rosado, Jorge Aguirre
 

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Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a

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Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant-without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Comedy and fairy tale sensibilities balance perfectly in this exciting debut by writer Aguirre and illustrator Rosado. Delightfully spunky Claudette is set on becoming a monster slayer like her father (who is missing limbs due to his earlier adventures). When she hears the story of a giant on the loose, she is determined to leave her home—accompanied by her cowardly brother, Gaston, and best friend Marie—in order to set things right. Driven by Claudette’s courage, Marie, who wants nothing more than to become a princess, shows proper heroic wits, and Gaston reveals inner strength and determination. When Claudette discovers that not all stories are as they seem, she and her friends must fool the adults who have come to bring them home to protect an innocent monster. The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story. One can only hope that Aguirre and Rosado have more adventures planned. Ages 7–up. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"Comedy and fairy tale sensibilities balance perfectly in this exciting debut by writer Aguirre and illustrator Rosado."—Publishers Weekly

"This is one book that readers are sure to enjoy again and again."—Children's Literature

"The story, with its riffs on fairy tales and quest narratives, offers just the right balance of familiarity and originality, with plenty of humorous asides."—The New York Times

Children's Literature - Deborah Helton
Giants Beware! tells the story of Claudette, her brother Gaston, and her best friend Marie. Claudette wants to be a giant slayer. Gaston wants to be a chef/blacksmith apprentice. Marie is a princess in training. Claudette convinces the other two that their wishes will come true if they accompany her on her quest to slay the giant. Their adventures take them through such places as "the Forest of Death" and "Mad River" as they search for "Giant's Peak." Along the way each of them learns something about themselves and what is really important in life. Giants Beware! is an epic adventure for anyone who loves graphic novels, from the young reader to the reader who is young at heart. The illustrations are beautifully drawn with colorful detail that adds another layer to the story. This is one book that readers are sure to enjoy again and again. Reviewer: Deborah Helton
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—A blacksmith's daughter is unsatisfied with her peaceful life within the fortress of Mont Petit Pierre. Rambunctious and loudmouthed, Claudette yearns for action, like killing the giant that lives on the mountain outside of town. With her timid brother, Gaston, and her ladylike friend, Marie, she blusters her way through the fortress gate and into the Forest of Death, beyond which lies the Mad River, and then Giant's Peak. Can these three kids, armed with a wooden sword, Marie's intelligence, Gaston's fortitude, Claudette's stinky feet, and a pug named Valiant, survive in the wilderness and defeat the giant? Of course they can, but not in the ways they might have expected. The adults in the story are distinguished by exaggerated characteristics, but their actions are driven by realistic, largely generous motives. The story strikes a fine balance between being action-and friendship-driven. The art is similarly well-balanced: Rosado's ink drawings are strong and lively, with expressive characters and well-drawn landscapes. Digitally applied color is natural, bright, and nonintrusive. Fans of Jimmy Gownley's "Amelia Rules" (S &S) and Jeff Smith's "Bone" series (Scholastic) will snap this title up.—Paula Willey , Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
Pamela Paul
The story, with its riffs on fairy tales and quest narratives, offers just the right balance of familiarity and originality, with plenty of humorous asides…Rosado draws richly expressive characters and ably depicts action sequences…[his] vibrant, full-color landscapes, filled with lush purples and greens, are an exciting backdrop for the threesome's adventures…This is a rollicking fun story…
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596435827
Publisher:
First Second
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Series:
Chronicles of Claudette Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
165,186
Product dimensions:
7.52(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.46(d)
Lexile:
GN330L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jorge Aguirre is a Colombian-American from Columbus, Ohio. He's written for everything from the most popular children's shows to documentaries about Romanian exorcisms. He lives on the East Coast.

Born in Puerto Rico and based in Ohio, Rafael Rosado is a veteran of the animation industry. He is currently a storyboard artist for Warner Brothers, Disney, and Cartoon Network.

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