Should we alienate the kindest guy in town just because he is humongous? Not a very sound reason! David Litchfield's whimsical new picture book tells kids to appreciate those who are different from us, as a young boy seeks out a giant whose good deeds have colored his town for some time, despite his reclusive nature. Fans of Litchfield's previous books, including The Bear and the Piano, will recognize his wondrous backgrounds, which feel as if they themselves are living, breathing beings. -Tony
There is a Secret Giant in Gableview who has hands the size of tabletops, legs as long as drainpipes, and feet as big as rowing boats. But little Billy thinks the Giant is just a tall tale that his grandad likes to tell. According to Grandad, the Giant keeps the bears away when they go camping and rescues Billy’s favorite kite when it gets tangled up in the tallest tree. Grandad swears the Giant is real, but Billy’s not buying it. Why has he never seen the giant before? Why does the Giant stay hidden? Grandad knows why: People are afraid of things that look different. When Billy suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the Giant, he runs away in fear—and hurts the Giant’s feelings. But now he’s got an opportunity to make it up to him, and, just maybe, to be friends with the nicest guy in town.
About the Author
David Litchfield is an award-winning author-illustrator of books for children, including The Bear and the Piano. He lives in the United Kingdom.
"Litchfield uses the metaphor of a friendly giant to lead readers to understand they don't need to be 'scared of things that are different.'"
— Kirkus Reviews
"Litchfield's digitally enhanced mixed-media illustrations brim with details . . . This gentle message of friendship and inclusion should find a large, appreciative audience."
"A boy learns the importance of accepting those who are different from him in this message-driven story by Litchfield (The Bear and the Piano)."
— Publishers Weekly
"This fairy tale/tall tale has a resounding message about the value of acceptance despite differences, and the power of friendship."