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What Claudette lacks in height she more than makes up for in courage. In the company of her brother Gaston, and friend Marie, she sets off on a monstrous adventure.
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Young Claudette is brash, bold, and bloodthirsty, and her answer to everything is aggression. Unfortunately, there is nothing much to get aggressive about in her safe village, protected as it is by a fortress. So when she learns the wall was built to keep out the baby-feet-eating giant, she decides it is up to her to hunt and kill the giant before it returns. Claudette recruits her cowardly younger brother, who can never please their blacksmith father--who lost his limbs to a dragon--because his biggest aspiration is to be a gourmet chef and her best friend, the daughter of the marquis, who genuinely aspires to be a princess, and heads out on an epic quest full of surprises for everyone involved.
Claudette’s lot in life chafes her something fierce. If she had her way she’s be out there, sword in hand, battling baby-feet-eating giants and sea creatures and dragons and who knows what all. Instead she’s stuck living in a village with her best friend Marie, a girl who aspires to be a princess, and her little brother Gaston, a pastry chef in the making. When she can take it no longer, Claudette decides that she needs to plunge into an adventure of her own. Tricking Marie and Gaston into accompanying her, she sets out to destroy the mythic baby-feet-eating giant that terrorized her villagers in the past. Along the way she and her pals get in and out of various scrapes before at long last discovering that sometimes “monsters” aren’t all they seem to be.
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