Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

90%

18 Critic Reviews

The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant-without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one.

 

About Jorge Aguirre

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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.
 
Published April 10, 2012 by First Second. 208 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 18 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 0

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Paul on Apr 18 2012

The story, with its riffs on fairy tales and quest narratives, offers just the right balance of familiarity and originality, with plenty of humorous asides.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 12 2012

The rich world and engaging characters are a surefire hit—and the glorious full-color illustrations, which pack a novel’s worth of expression onto cartoon faces, should bring readers back for multiple reads of this many-layered story

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Wired

Excellent
Reviewed by Jonathan Liu on Mar 22 2012

Giants Beware! is full of humor and charm, and the illustrations are expressive and full of energy.

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Boing Boing

Excellent
Reviewed by Cory Doctorow on Apr 12 2012

As a graphic novel, Giants Beware fires on every cylinder: comedy and story, art and layout, surprise and characterization.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Mike Pawuk on May 09 2012

There may be some tredipation from the younger crowd about some of the beasts in the forest, but there’s plenty of good-humor, poop jokes, and action to keep the kids coming back for more.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on Apr 05 2012

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.

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Comic Book Resources

Excellent
Reviewed by Grame McMillan on Apr 10 2012

As far as kids’ comics go, it’s one of the best I’ve seen in quite some time, and if you’re a fan of the fantasy genre and love it enough to poke some fun at it, then it’s really something you should check out.

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Barista Kids

Excellent
Reviewed by Kristin Wald on Mar 22 2012

An especially fantastic aspect of this book is that it will appeal to boys and girls with its vivid artwork and plucky characters.

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Spandexless

Excellent
Reviewed by Anthony Rosen on Mar 14 2012

It’s a great book worthy of the praise, but I’ll just end here by saying that you should probably just go buy it and leave it at that.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sharon Schmidt Tyler on Apr 02 2012

It is a funny read, and I love how it busts free of the expected gender roles.

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Books 4 Your Kids

Good
Reviewed by Tanya on Apr 13 2012

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre is a perfect example of this synthesis... equally compelling, entertaining and most often a work of art.

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Charlotte's Library

Good
Reviewed by Charlotte on Mar 22 2012

It does absolutely everything that I think a graphic novel for kids should do.

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Slate Breakers

Good
Reviewed by Brianna on Apr 19 2012

Not only does it feature a brave, exciting female lead character, it also includes healthy female friendships, a strong brother-sister bond, and a respectful father-daughter relationship.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 10 2012

Giants Beware is the perfect graphic novel to hand over to those readers who like humor mixed into their adventure fantasy.

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The Book Monsters

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Apr 16 2012

I just loved the way this book read and it had me laughing the whole time while reading.

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Mother Daughter Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Cindy Hudson on Feb 20 2012

The story is cleverly told and the illustrations, particularly the facial expressions of each character, are fun to look at.

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100 Scope Notes

Good
Reviewed by Travis on Feb 09 2012

Giants Beware! takes the classic “friends on a quest” adventure and outfits it with a generous splash of modernity.

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Stumptown Trade Review

Good

Giants Beware! is the perfect book to bridge the gap from light and fun young readers books to the more mature and complex adventures of Bone.

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