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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Series: Giants Beware!
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; Original edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435827
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 2-6-Rambunctious Claudette, the daughter of the town blacksmith, sets off to kill the local giant with her best friend and brother in tow. Action and friendship, drawn in a clear, cheerful style, make this graphic novel a great choice for "Bone" (Scholastic) fans.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About 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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Overall I really enjoyed the art in this book.
Andy Shuping
I think I've read this book to my daughter at least 15 times, and we can't wait for the sequel.
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My two daughters - 8 and 10 years old - both love this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KT on November 23, 2012
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I've been trying to grow my graphic novel/comic collection in my classroom and Giants Beware was one of my first forays into this territory. My fourth grade students adore this book. What's more, it has a quiz on Scholastic's Reading Counts program. I have to repeatedly tell one of my boys to put this back on my shelf when independent reading time is over.

Having read the book myself, this is a fun, engaging adventure story with a gentle sense of humor and a great cast of characters. Highly, highly recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 15, 2012
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It shouldn't be this hard. I know why it is hard. I acknowledge that I could never do it myself. I submit to the understanding that when it comes right down to it, few have the talent, wherewithal, drive, and chutzpah to get it done. Still and all there's this little part of my brain that wonders why there aren't more really drop dead spectacular full-color graphic novels for kids out there. The Bone series raised the bar and since its publication we've seen a significant increase in kids' interest in reading novel-worthy graphic texts. Still and all, when kids come into the library each week and ask me where the new graphic novels are, I have to throw up my hands and confess that publishers just aren't churning out really top-notch full-color comics of The Secret Science Alliance and Jellaby ilk at a sufficiently rapid rate. Part of this just comes down to cost. Full-color comics are pricey after all. Part of it also comes down to the fact that it's difficult to find authors and illustrators that are really good at telling a kid-friendly visual narrative. So when I discover someone new I've a tendency to overreact. That said, 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.

Claudette's lot in life chafes her something fierce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on September 8, 2012
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Graphic novels are by far the most popular genre of books in my school library. They come and go on a daily basis, so I'm always on the lookout for new ones to add. While there are many available graphic novels, many of them I don't find particularly enjoyable, the kids might, but I don't. However, I really enjoyed this one.

Not only are the characters delightful with more depth than one might expect in a graphic novel, but the plot has some delicious twists and turns. I loved the twist at the end which I did not predict. I knew something would happen that would encourage Claudette to think more before she rushes into things, but the ending was a nice surprise. I also liked how her friend and brother were given a chance to shine also. I appreciated Claudette's courage in standing up to the local bullies, even if her actions were rather rash at times. A lot of times secondary characters fade so much into the background that you hardly notice them. That is not the case here. The illustrations are gorgeous and very appealing, the writing crisp and easy to follow. This is one graphic novel that I can recommend very highly indeed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Guadalupe on April 15, 2012
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We just got this graphic novel at the store on Saturday. Both our kids (my son is 10 and my daughter is 8) loved it so much they reread it.
The basic plot is well described in the previous reviews, so I would like to highlight a couple of other things worth mentioning:
- The book defies every fairytale stereotype that ever existed! You have a little girl who hopes to become a giant slayer, a princess wanna-be who finds she can also be brave, a young boy who dreams of being a chef and learns how to be himself in a world dominated by machismo, etc, etc... As a mom who is often concerned about the disney-princess-dominated narratives that constantly bombard my kids, I love that this book is so out of the box!
- Although, the book is very accessible for kids my children's age, it is fun for adults too. There are a few jokes here and there that only adults can get (a la Shrek) which makes it all the more enjoyable.
- The illustrations are superb and make the book really come alive. My kids are into Amulet and Bone which have some great visuals, but I thought the artists of Giants Beware! really captured the characters' emotions better than in all of the other graphic novels we own.

Totally worth the $15 we paid for it! Hope there will be a sequel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on June 8, 2013
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I'm raising a family of boys. This book came home from the library 2.5 days ago. It has been read 11 times.

11 times.

My kids, they love it.

Meh -- neither potty humor nor girl-power would be my first choice in summer reading, but the kids are devouring this book. So, ok.
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I go this from the library and we checked on amazon for other books by the same author. It's fantastic! The story has no gender bias and really shows how anyone can do anything they want. The kids are fearless - it's a cute and uplifting story!
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