Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Once There Were Giants” as Want to Read:
Once There Were Giants
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Once There Were Giants

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  8 reviews
There is a baby who lives among giants.... Soon the baby grows a little and can walk and talk. Then, one day, the baby is all grown up and has a baby of her own. Suddenly there are giants in the house again, and she realizes, "One of the giants is...ME!" Martin Waddell and Penny Dale trace the cycle of family life as it goes from one generation to the next in this warm pic ...more
Published April 25th 1991 by Walker Books Ltd (first published September 1st 1989)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Once There Were Giants, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Once There Were Giants

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 129)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jonathan Fowle
"Once there were giants", follows the life of an unnamed female character as she goes from childhood to adulthood. Living with her Mum, Dad, Uncle Tom and her two siblings, we see her first day at school, getting into fights with her her brother, getting a job and eventually getting married and having her own baby, making her a "Giant".

A good book for Key Stage 1 or Early Years, however, some may find the illustrations a bit dark and more exciting things could have happened during her lifetim
I have chosen this book for my second review as I believe it tries to demonstrate to children the process of birth to adulthood and the experiences of life at each stage in this process. Above all, the book looks at family life and children can associate with this, regardless of background and cultures.

The book commences with a baby girl and all those around her are perceived as "giants". The book continues to show how the child is growing up alongside her family throughout the years and importa
I had this read to me a lot when I was very little, and I loved the illustrations at the time, all the detail in them. I recently was going through a lot of boxes of old books and found it again, and ended up sniffing and wiping away tears by the end of it. Read it at 20 is a very different experience from reading it at 4!
Martin Waterhouse
I don't think I've ever made it to the end of this book without bawling my eyes out, much to my 4 year-old's amusement - he'll understand one day. Beautiful.
A cute story about growing up! When we were little everyone and everything was giant sized. Then we grow up and become the "giants"

Chrissie Willicombe
I absolutely adore this book as does my (now) 5 year old. Fantastic for teaching the passing of time, the development from baby to child to teenager to young adult to parent. Beautifully illustrated too with lots to look at and discuss. Wonderful!
I have never been able to read this book out loud to the boys without crying.
I enjoyed this more than the children
Barbara Leonard
Barbara Leonard marked it as to-read
Jul 25, 2015
Mary Beaty
Mary Beaty marked it as to-read
Jul 23, 2015
Lynn Ashton
Lynn Ashton marked it as to-read
Jun 30, 2015
Helen Lord
Helen Lord marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2015
WCNS marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2015
Kelly Winzer
Kelly Winzer marked it as to-read
May 28, 2015
Bonnie Jean
Bonnie Jean marked it as to-read
May 04, 2015
Hayley added it
Mar 15, 2015
Donna Crawford
Donna Crawford marked it as to-read
Feb 23, 2015
X added it
Feb 17, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Also writes under the pen name Catherine Sefton

Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for young readers.
More about Martin Waddell...
Owl Babies Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? Farmer Duck Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale The Super Hungry Dinosaur

Share This Book