It is my pleasure to introduce you to a less well-known but equally wonderful picture book by Julia Donaldson (author of The Gruffalo), called The smartest giant in town.
George, the scruffy giant, discovers a fabulous new shop full of giant-sized clothes and decks himself out in a great new outfit. As he walks along he comes across several animals in need of assistance. There’s a giraffe with a long cold neck, and a goat with a boat with no sail for example. George’s new clothes solve all the sad animals’ problems. What it means for George is that he ends up with very few clothes at all, instead he’s “sad and shivery and not at all smart”. George’s new friends come to the rescue, and while he’s no longer as smart as he was, he’s very very happy.
This longer picture book works well with pre-schoolers, if… you’re willing to sing! Some of you will now be covering your eyes in horror (or maybe your ears) and it’s okay, you’re still allowed to read the story sans singing, but you might have to work a bit harder to keep a young audience engaged. I made my own tune up for the song and it was slightly different each time I read it, but nobody seemed to mind!
Check out The smartest giant in town at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy The smartest giant in town from Fishpond.