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Giants Beware!

Aguirre, Jorge (Paperback - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Giants Beware!
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Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
Authors: Aguirre, Jorge
Statement of Responsibility: written by Jorge Aguirre ; art by Rafael Rosado ; story by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre ; color by John Novak ; additional color by Matthew Schenk
Title: Giants beware!
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 202 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Summary: Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
Subject Headings: Fairy tales Graphic novels
Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Topical Term: Fairy tales
Graphic novels
Additional Contributors: Rosado, Rafael 1961-, Illustrator
LCCN: 2011030471
ISBN: 9781596435827
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC A
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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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"Combining comedy, action, and old-fashioned derring-do, Giants Beware! offers a hilarious spin on traditional heroic adventures. Fiery, pint-sized Claudette is determined to be a giant slayer. Despite warnings from the experienced slayers in her village, Claudette runs away from home in search of a giant, taking her clever best friend Marie (who wants to be a princess), her reluctant brother Gaston (who wants to be a pastry chef), and a pug named Valiant along with her. Eye-catching colours and cartoony illustrations perfectly capture the fun and suspense in this quirky tale of bravery and friendship." Kids' Books August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/766781c6-ec35-455c-874a-f0734fc707e8?postId=2247e264-c3ca-48d3-91cf-3040588e8797

Jul 23, 2014
  • blue_bear_2199 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book. Loved Illustrations

Jul 07, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent story, characters, and art. Complex, yet light, fun, approachable, and humorous. Definitely goes to the top of my list.

Apr 26, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly sweet but not gooey: a ripping yarn with a heart. My eight-year-old loved it.

Apr 18, 2013
  • Eljnor rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a super fun adventure with great characters and even some depth. Strong girls and strong boys with real character development.

recommended by Sarah from her Maverick list (graphic novel committee)

Apr 04, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I don’t think I’m being ridiculous when I gush to you about Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado’s Giants Beware! Perhaps the first in a series, perhaps a single stand-alone title, all I can really say is that it is chock full o’ charm. Good for boys, great for girls, fabulous for gatekeepers, this might even win over those folks who don’t normally go in for comics. Great GNs for kids may come out once in a blue moon, but when they’re as good as this little number you may decide that it was worth the wait.

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May 29, 2014
  • red_owl_215 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

red_owl_215 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 12

Apr 26, 2013
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

waltzingechidna thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 13

Apr 04, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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Jul 07, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 04, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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Apr 04, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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