The gentle giant with a heart of gold. The Smartest Giant in Town is a story told with the bouncing rhythm so typical of a picture book by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo). The illustrations by Axel Scheffler are instantly recognisable and are the reason my children picked this one up.
George is keen to become smart in the physical sense of the word. He buys himself some smart clothes, but slowly gives them away to the animals in need that he encounters on the way home. By the end, he may look scruffy, but he has proved himself to be smart in other ways and consequently rich in friendship.
The rhyme and rhythm typical of Julia Donaldson is all here, as is the delightful repetition which really appeals to younger listeners.