At the beginning of this story, George the Giant, concerned with his scruffy appearance, purchases nice clothing. However, his spiffy new outfit quickly goes to the dogs and the goat and the nice and many other animals in distress that he helps along the way back to his house. George is so nice that he literally does give away the clothes off his back to each troubled character he meets, whether it's a necktie for a giraffe with a cold neck or a shoe for a homeless mouse. Scheffler's animated illustrations are the perfect fit with Donaldson's light-hearted writing and any reader will appreciate the match. A fun and sweet read for just about anyone, this book teaches the value of compassion and, by the end, shows that while generosity is its own reward, kindness is not forgotten and gratitude expresses itself in surprising ways. Who says good looks can't go together with a good heart? 2002, Dial Books for Young Readers,
PreS-Gr 3-In a place where giants and "regular sized" people coexist peacefully, George has a problem. He is "the scruffiest giant in town" until he finds a new clothing shop and buys himself some new duds. However, his days of being the spiffiest giant in town are numbered because he is so kindhearted. As he sings a little tune to himself about looking so fine, he runs into needy creatures. Soon George has given up his striped tie to warm a giraffe's neck, a shoe to house a mouse family, his shirt to a goat that needs a sail for its boat, and so on until he has to retrieve his old rags. Finally, he is offered a crown and the title "the kindest giant in town" by his appreciative beneficiaries. Scheffler's brightly colored, animated cartoons, done in pencil, ink, watercolors, colored pencils, and crayons, are perfect for this offbeat story of generosity. Good for collections needing books about being kind to others.-Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Never was a striptease worked to more beneficent ends as when George the humble and sartorially challenged giant starts taking it off, piece by piece. George is obviously no clotheshorse, but even he realizes that his patched and soiled gown has-yes, perhaps-gotten a little too shabby. So he drops in on the village haberdashery for some spiffy, new duds. Then, as he takes a promenade to air his new wardrobe, he gradually gives away the items: his tie to a giraffe with a cold neck, his shirt to a goat in need of a sail for his boat, his belt to a dog who wants to get through a bog (Donaldson throws in some natty rhymes). George doesn't get down to the skinny, but near enough that when he discovers his old gown in the refuse pile, he's a happy man once more; besides, those new clothes just didn't set comfortably on George. Nevertheless, the recipients of his largesse crown him the kindliest giant for his generosity. A lovely piece of work, from the upbeat, musical writing-"George strode on, singing to himself, 'My tie is a scarf for a cold giraffe, / My shirt's on a boat as a sail for a goat, / But look me up and down- / I'm the spiffiest giant in town!' "-to the appealingly jokey art, with its crack visual storytelling and its clever insinuations of fairy-tale characters into the scenes. (Picture book. 4-8)
A first-rate read-aloud. (Publishers Weekly)