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Giants Beware! (Chronicles of Claudette #1)

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Make way for Claudette thegiant 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 perm
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by First Second
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This book has everything comic book readers from ages 8 to 12 could ever dream of: Adventure! Laughs! Non-traditional gender roles! Peaceful conflict resolution! …wait, what? That’s right: Giants Beware! is not your typical comic book, but its unique qualities make it all the more special.

Young Claudette is determined to defeat the giants who populate the village storyteller’s yarns. She recruits her best friend, Marie (a princess in training), and her little brother, Gaston (an aspiring chef) t
It shouldn’t be this hard. I know why it is hard. I acknowledge that I could never do it myself. I submit to the understanding that when it comes right down to it, few have the talent, wherewithal, drive, and chutzpah to get it done. Still and all there’s this little part of my brain that wonders why there aren’t more really drop dead spectacular full-color graphic novels for kids out there. The Bone series raised the bar and since its publication we’ve seen a significant increase in kids’ inter ...more
My 7 year old daughter loves this book so much, she carries it around with her wherever she goes. The protagonist is spunky, but flawed. The 3 main characters grow as the story progresses. I hope there is a sequel--there are a number of things that are mentioned, but never fully explained in the book. Here's hoping that's not just a flaw in the plot, but a promise of things to come!
This is a tremendously fun book. It has tons of appeal with regard to both story and illustrations.

The story was tremendously satisfying as a story--the introduction of the Danger, the Quest, the mischances along the way, and the final confrontation taking a pleasing twist. But what made me love this one is the characters, who defy the expectations and normative categorizations most beautifully.

Marie wants to be a princess, and Claudette, tomboy though she is, is a supportive friend, agreeing t
Sep 13, 2015 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is a fun and adventurous tale that breaks gender stereotypes and features brave female protagonists (one princess wanna-be and a warrior wanna-be), a cowardly pastry chef little brother, and a stinky dog.

The full-color illustrations are terrific and will appeal to children of all ages. The plot leaves a few things unresolved, so I am sure Claudette, Marie, Gaston, and Valiant are bound for more adventures.

The story is a fun, fast read and I see that a second book in the series has recentl
Having a new baby means one of the first things I wonder is "What should I read to him?" The obliging people at NetGalley let me request children's books too, so here is the first Children's book review at E-volving Books!

*drumroll please*

Presenting Giant's Beware, a Graphic Novel Written by Jorge Aguirre; illustrated by Rafael Rosado

Call Giant's Beware a kid's book is possibly a misnomer here, this is a comic for all ages. I for one thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and smiled, giggled and D'awwww
Kate Hastings
Grades K+-- recommended by a patron who was the coloring artist. Can't wait!
How am I the first to add this book? It looks so cute!
I am still trying to make sense of how I feel about this one. There's actually quite a bit going on. This is the story of a government that tells fear-inspiring stories about baby-feet eating giants to control its citizens, so that's funny, and also, thematically kind of, well, heavy.

An unlikely trio of kids -- Claudette, a belligerent working class masculine girl warrior; Gaston, her pastry-chef-in-training younger brother (who apparently also wants to make swords); and Claudette's best friend
Matti Karjalainen
- We've got to go through the Forest of Death, and past Mad River...
- Why it's got to be the Forest of Death? Why can't it be the Forest of Adorable Puppies?
- Ooh! Wouldn't it be neat if it were the Forest of Ponies? Check the map, Claudette! Is there a Forest of Ponies?

Jorge Aguirren ja Rafael Rosadon "Giants Beware!" (First Second, 2012) on hurmaavan hyvä lapsille suunnattu fantasiasarjakuva, jossa Claudette-tyttö surmaamaan paikallisilla turuilla ja toreilla kerrotusta legendasta tuttua jätti
Graphics were fun and the overall plot to the story was a good one: brave/adventurous girl teaches friends, albeit in a less than honest manner, that they can be what they want to be in life if they make the effort and does so on a quest to kill the baby-feet-eating giant that has their village living in fear.

The fact that they learn they can be whatever they want to be is incidental and not intentional on Claudette's part, but still, Claudette, as the main character, is a strong-willed one and
Scruffy and loud, Claudette refuses to accept the watered-down version of how the town was saved from a giant many years ago. When signs seem to indicate that the giant, who was allowed to return to his home, is back to his evil habits of dining on the feet of babies, she tricks her friend Marie and her younger brother Gaston into joining her quest. All Marie is interested in is becoming a princess, and Gaston dreams of owning his own pastry shop. After the children leave the town's sanctuary, t ...more
Mrs W
Sep 17, 2013 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Claudette hears the same story again and again…how Marquis Pierre XXXII bravely drove away the giant who loved eating baby feet. Once the giant was gone, the Marquis built a great wall around the city. No giants can get in, but no one goes out, either, for outside is a dangerous place. Claudette, a child who could be anywhere between five and twelve (the cartoon style is vague on her age), believes the practically sainted Marquis acted irresponsibly, and that the giant should be killed. She tric ...more
Wandering Librarians
Claudette has big goals of becoming a giant slayer. Unfortunately for her, there are no giants to slay in her very safe walled city. Ever determined, Claudette sets out on an adventure with her friend Marie, who wants to be a princess, and her little brother Gaston, who wants to be a sword maker/pastry chef. Their quest: find and slay the baby-foot eating giant.

I don't know if I have to words to express how much I loved this. LOVED. It was smart and sweet and adorable and teaches about friendshi
Plot: Claudette is not your average little girl. Her village is terrified of the Giants that live close to them, but she wants to deal with the problem once and for all, by slaying them! It takes a bit of convincing, but she manages to bring her friends along with her on the adventure. Little does she know what really involves slaying a giant.

I just loved the way this book read and it had me laughing the whole time while reading. The adventure of the story definitely carries you away into a worl
What is the one thing you’re afraid of? The thing that would make you curl up under a pile of blankets and never come out?

Well, the heroine of this story, Claudette, has not and does not think she will EVER, find that one thing. And she’s tired of hearing all the boring stories about the baby feet eating giant that lives just outside her village. So, she comes to decision. She, Claudette the Brave, will slay the giant with the help of Marie, best friend and princess in training, Gaston, little b
This was a huge hit with all of my kids, from the 3 year old to the teen, who was happy to read it aloud to the others.
Janet Maisel
i finally did it! I read my first graphic novel. I think I miss the "words', the details, the artistry of writing... but you do what you have to do. I feel like I read it twice, once for the words, once to read the pictures. Maybe there is at trick to reading a GN that I am not aware of?This is one of the GNs on the new Black-eyed Susan Graphic novel list for next school year. It was a "cute" story about a girl named Claudette who sets out to slay a giant and finds that the local giant story is ...more
Something for everyone!
One of the hits of my elementary school summer reading promotional visits this year. Also commonly one of the only books on my list the schools already owned.

Claudette's town has lived under the shadow of a potential giant invasion for her entire life. She is sick of the inaction of all the grown-ups. So she decides to destroy the giant herself!

Like the can-do attitude of our protagonist, and the unpredictable storyline. Fun and engaging illustrations in awesome full-color.

A super strong comic
Were it possible, I would give this one 2.5 stars. The premise is fun and the illustrations are cute,however the plot holds little surprises, and is predictable right to the end. Furthermore, most,(if not all) of the humor is sarcastic, and would completely escape your average elementary age reader. Personally, I appreciated much of the humor (as it was full of wit and literary jokes). I would recommend this to a picky high school age reader who has a pincheon for sarcasm, and doesn't mind a pre ...more
So cute!
I came across a book around Christmas called Giants Beware, a cute looking graphic novel (200 pages) which looked like something my kids would like (a boy and a girl, age 6.5).

They've been busily reading through their Christmas and library stacks and haven't gotten to it yet, but I read it in the bath last night.

Really cute book and I'm looking forward to the sequel (already preordered it).

It's about a precocious little girl who doesn't believe all the stories she's been told about the scary wor
Grades 3-5

Claudette, a spunky medieval girl with her heart set on giant-slaying, encounters some difficulty doing so because she is a girl. Accompanied by her cowardly brother, Gaston, and Marie, Claudette's polar opposite, determined Claudette sets out to slay a giant. Giants beware? More like anyone-who-crosses-the-main-character-Claudette Beware!

An action-packed graphic novel for adventure-lovers, Giants Beware! introduces a powerful main character and expertly blends comedy with fantasy.
Giants beware focuses on Claudette, a troublesome warrior girl who hears the stories of a mysterious and terrible giant. These stories propel Claudette, her brother Gaston, their dog Valiant, and aspiring princess Marie to travel to Giant's peak and confront the Beast in a battle. Claudette's father, Marquis, learns they have left and rallies the entire town to slay the beast.

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After defeating a mysterious witch known as the apple hag, and persuading the Mad River King to let them
This is a funny, fabulous take of a brave little girl who just wants to become a giant slayer. She, along with her best friend (who wants to become a professional princess) and her little brother (a soon to be chef/greatest swordmaker in the world) journey on a quest to defeat the baby-feet-eating giant that once terrorized their small town.
Excellent story, characters, and art. Complex, yet light, fun, approachable, and humorous. Definitely goes to the top of my list.

Young Claudette is brash, bold, and bloodthirsty, and her answer to everything is aggression. Unfortunately, there is nothing much to get aggressive about in her safe village, protected as it is by a fortress. So when she learns the wall was built to keep out the baby-feet-eating giant, she decides it is up to her to hunt and kill the giant before it returns. Claudette
Jun 25, 2015 Heidi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Zita the Spacegirl
Loved this one! It's really cleverly written, and I found myself constantly laughing out loud throughout. I love how blood thirsty Claudette is and that her sidekicks are really just as (if not more) important than her. A fantastic fun story with excellent artwork! Highly recommended.
Emma Hoyer
By looking at the cover, you might assume that this book is about a boy. However, the main character, the one with orange hair on the cover, is actually a girl named Claudette. She lives in the city of Mont Petit Pierre with her father, brother (Gaston), and best friend (Marie). They embark on an adventure that proceeds with the necessity of teamwork and ends in a way that no one would have anticipated.

This books is laced with lessons for young students, and it’s actually appealing to a variety
I've found my new favorite all-ages graphic novel! Claudette lives in a small, walled village and has always heard scary stories about the fearsome Baby-Feet-Eating Giant who was chased off by a hero in the past and who now dwells on a nearby mountain. Claudette would LOVE to finish off the giant once and for all - and her persistence, smarts, bravery, and willingness to bend the rules might just make her successful, despite the odds. The three main characters are rich and complex, the plot is t ...more
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Jorge A. Aguirre is an East Coast-based writer born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote the graphic novel, GIANTS BEWARE (First Second Books/Macmillan), which the New York Times called, a "rollicking fun story." He also wrote its sequel, DRAGONS BEWARE (May 2015). He has already written the third book of the CHRONICLES OF CLAUDETTE. Besides books, Jorge also produces and writes TV for kids. He' ...more
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