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Giants Beware
by Jorge Aguirre, Art by Rafael Rosado
2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Nominee, Graphic Novel
Paperback Book

The town of Mont Petit Pierre has a history of being plagued by giants. Claudette's father had been a great giant slayer until a giant ate his legs and one arm. Now he's a blacksmith, and a tall fortress surrounds the town, protecting it from giants and magic. No one ever leaves Mont Petit Pierre to venture out into the surrounding territory. But, Claudette wants to be a giant slayer! Questioning the authority around her, strong, brave Claudette now sets out on an fantastical adventure that leads her, her little brother (an aspiring chef and sword-maker), and her rich friend (and aspiring princess) out the fortress walls, through the Forest of Death, across Mad River, and straight up the tallest mountain in giant territory. Their journey is fraught with surprising dangers and when they finally reach the mountain, the biggest surprise of all awaits!

The characters in Giants Beware step out of the traditional roles. Excellent vocabulary provides some challenge. The plot is cute, if not predictable. Students who are drawn to humorous, exciting medieval-adventure stories could well be introduced to these quality literary works:

Kenny and the Dragon, spin-off of The Reluctant Dragon, cleverly written, great story, anthropomorphic characters, a Kids' Wings Favorite!
The Forging of the Blade
a wonderful introduction to high fantasy in a 144-page novel--a Kids' Wings Favorite!
The Dragon of Lonely Island, a lighter, modern story

Giants Beware will be a popular dessert in your graphic novel collection.

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Giants Beware
by Jorge Aguirre, Art by Rafael Rosado

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Quotes to Memorize:

"Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations." Steve Miller, Freaks!

"Great white sharks, big storms - somehow, I think we like to be put in our place by awesome things. Dinosaurs do that." Sue Hendrickson

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A 5-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for
Giants Beware is available NOW in Growing Young Americans! Includes, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game


Giants Beware is one of the 27 units in the Kids Wings
Literature Collection, Growing Young Americans


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With Special Thanks to Alan B. Carder for allowing us to use his precious original composition, "Giggling Gargoyles," as our Background Music!

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