|Boy and the giant
Author: Litchfield, David
According to Billy's Grandad, in their town of Gableview lives a secret Giant. But Billy thinks the Giant is just a tall tale Grandad likes to tell until one morning he comes face-to-face with the Giant. Will Billy be too fearful of him or will he make a new friend?
Kirkus Reviews (09/01/17)
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Booklist - 11/01/2018 The creator of The Bear and the Piano? (2016) here offers another small life lesson in picture-book form. A giant with legs as long as drainpipes, . . . hands the size of tabletops, and feet as big as row boats protects the cheerful Gableview villagers. He also stays out of sight, so as not to frighten anyone. When the town needs someone to paint the high sections of a welcome mural, the giant tries to oblige, until young Billy screams in fear, prompting both to flee. Once Billy realizes his mistake, he and his grandfather take steps to properly appreciate their gentle protector. Litchfield's digitally enhanced mixed-media illustrations brim with details that assure young readers this gargantuan being means only well. Employing vivid hues and making effective use of light and shadows, he portrays this friendly creature as a bearded man sporting patchwork overalls. In most spreads, he appears camouflaged, hidden in plain sight. This gentle message of friendship and inclusion should find a large, appreciative audience. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.