The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose

The Lonely Giant

Written by Sophie Ambrose
Illustrated by Sophie Ambrose

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This is a truly beautiful book, and big too – though there’s still scarcely room for its central character, a huge, lumbering giant. He fills whole pages, dwarfing trees, animals and even mountain sides. Despite his size and strength though, readers will feel sorry for the giant who in his enthusiasm for pulling up trees and smashing rocks destroys the landscape around him, leaving him completely alone. Fortunately, it’s not too late to put things right. There’s a powerful message about the need to care for the environment here but lessons too about friendship. Sophie Ambrose’s artwork is simply stunning, and this is a book to treasure. ~ Andrea Reece


The Lonely Giant by Sophie Ambrose

From an incredible new picture book talent, The Lonely Giant is a modern fable about friendship, freedom and caring for the environment. The forest giant likes nothing better than smashing, bashing and pulling up trees. But when all the animals run away in fear, the giant finds himself so very sad and lonely. How he misses the crackling warmth of a fire; how he misses the sweet, melodious songs of the birds! Can the lonely giant find a way to bring back the woodland bloom, and even make some friends? Beautifully illustrated, this is a tender, poignant tale of learning to nurture, value and respect the natural world.

About the Author

Sophie Ambrose is a graduate of the BA Illustration course at Kingston University. A rising talent in the world of illustration, Sophie was highly commended in the 2013 Macmillan Prize for Children's Illustration and has had her work exhibited at Foyles and the Science Museum. Her artwork has also been commissioned by a number of clients including Elle magazine, American Express, Carlsberg, Safeway and British Bakeries.

She lives in London.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

4th August 2016




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