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Giants Beware!

(Chronicles of Claudette #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,876 ratings  ·  452 reviews
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 per
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by First Second
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Melanti Amazon says 7-10 years.
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This story is Feisty!

Claudette looks like a boy, but she is all rough and tumble girl - not afraid of anything. Her brother, Gaston, loves to cook and he is scared of many things. Marie is aspiring to be a princess. They are all outcasts in the village. The village is a place with high walls, lots of rules and protected from Magic and Giants. Claudette wants to kill a dragon and so she convinces the kids to go hunting with her.

Claudette is not afraid of anything, much. Gaston faces his fears an
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
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
Cute! Read with my daughter and we both loved it
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That comic is definitely fantastic.
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
Susan Wojtas
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well that was fun! I can see why my daughter liked this. Adventure, humor, a girl who wants to fight giants, it's all there. I would definitely recommend this to others. ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
How am I the first to add this book? It looks so cute!
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
My daughter loved this book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it to her.
Mackie Welch
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So good! Claudette kicks major butt and I will be recommending this to girls who want to read about strong girls who don't take and guff from anyone! ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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
Dov Zeller
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kristen Harvey
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
Graphic novels are by far the most popular genre of books in my school library. They come and go on a daily basis, so I'm always on the lookout for new ones to add. While there are many available graphic novels, many of them I don't find particularly enjoyable, the kids might, but I don't. However, I really enjoyed this one.

Not only are the characters delightful with more depth than one might expect in a graphic novel, but the plot has some delicious twists and turns. I loved the twist at the e
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Giants Beware! is the story of Claudette who wants to battle any giant she can find. To do this, Claudette takes her friend and brother on an adventure to find a giant. Everything is fine, until the group encounters a giant. Read to find out what happens on this fairy tale like odyssey.

This is a neat story because it is written in a graphic novel format and is the first book in a series of adventures by Jorge Aguirre. I think children in grades 4-8 would benefit and understand this story. The pi
Megan Anderson
Wow, this book is kinda..boring. Predictable, too. I could see where was going the entire time, and that place was just kinda “meh.” It’s a fairy tale, so there’s some level of “been there, done that” that is acceptable. However, I think most middle schoolers would be like me and see the “twist” coming from a few hundred pages away.

Pun intended.

The action was sometimes hard to follow in the art. That being said, the art was pretty to look at. The big scenes offer enough detail to catch the eye,
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 5 stars
Art: 5 stars

Children's graphic novel about a young girl who longs to hunt and slay monsters, like her former-warrior father who is now in a wheelchair. Love the chef-tastic little brother, the princess-y bff who is more than just a pretty face in finishing school, the loyal and helpful pug dog named Valiant, and the wise Zubair who introduces some very interesting diversity. Strong female empowerment concepts. The little brother and Zubair allow us to examine male gender roles as w
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Janet Maisel
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Kate Hastings
Grades K+-- recommended by a patron who was the coloring artist. Can't wait! ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
I’m not much of a graphic novel fan but this one kind of grew on me. It had great touches of humor and really changed up a classic fantasy story. A great read for any fantasy/ fairytale loving kids!
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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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