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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Chronicles of Claudette
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; Original edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jorge A. Aguirre is an East Coast-based writer born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote the graphic novel, GIANTS BEWARE (First Second Books/Macmillan), which the New York Times called, a "rollicking fun story." He also wrote its sequel, DRAGONS BEWARE (May 2015). He has already written the third book of the CHRONICLES OF CLAUDETTE. Besides books, Jorge also produces and writes TV for kids. He's worked for Disney, Junior, Nick, Jr., and PBS.

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11 of 12 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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5 of 5 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Montalvo on February 25, 2015
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This is a great book. The drawing and colors are pretty spectacular. Master storyboard and comic artist Rafael Rosado brings a constant energy and buzz to the pages as the characters go from one action packed scene to another in really well composed frames and pages that almost look animated. The character design is also really nice with Claudette and the gang all seeming like very different and unique personalities each with their own strengths and weaknesses that come together nicely as a team.

In terms of the writing the pacing of the book is very fast and fun. The characters overcome obstacles and solve problems through non-violent means and learn about thinking beyond stereotypes and about finding their inner talents and pursuing their dreams. The story is reminiscent of Jeff Smith's Bone in that it creates a very interesting fantasy world for the characters to inhabit and it appears to be setting up a cool long term narrative that will go beyond the first book.

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Wald on February 10, 2015
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The story is the perfect antidote for the ubiquitous influence of Disney Princesses and the shallow violence in many children's books and shows aimed at the elementary years. The main hero, a fiesty girl named Claudette, is the type of child we might both hope for and dread. She rebels and questions and simply decides she will have her way. Claudette defends her friends and is fierce when it comes to pursuing her goals. However, during her adventures, she also learns humility and how to give sincere apologies and credit to her friends. I found that a refreshing representation of a skill-set most of us could stand to learn.

Every hero needs her loyal sidekicks, and Claudette has two worthy companions. Her brother Gaston is a braver-than-he-thinks boy who wants to be a chef, and her best friend Marie dreams of growing up to be a princess, and she finds she has an adventurous side she never knew. Claudette derides Marie's chosen princess profession, but learns to respect her friend's abilities in times of crisis. Each character is developed through adventure and occasionally deeply touching scenes.

The artwork, by Rafael Rosado, is bold and colorful, and it seems to show movement in every frame. The scary scenes in Giants Beware! have just enough grim shade and accent for the targeted age group, and the character's facial expressions show great personality and emotion. Each frame of this graphic novel calls out to be animated. We love this book in my house -- kids and adults alike!
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