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The Green Giant

Written by Katie Cottle

Illustrated by Katie Cottle

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A beautiful eco-tale from the winner of the Batsford Prize

Winner of the Batsford prize for children’s book illustration

A beautifully illustrated love letter to the natural world. The story carries a subtle warning about our increasing obsession with digital gadgets and resulting disconnect from the world around us, with a gentle, encouraging message for readers to take care of their environment.


The Green Giant Synopsis

You've met the Iron Giant, the Big Friendly Giant and the Selfish Giant. Now meet the Green Giant! A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris's adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door. Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds... a giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery. Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city. Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place?

The Green Giant Press Reviews

'A timely tale of unexpected friendship with strong ecological themes.' - The Bookseller

`A striking debut picture book with a jaunty illustrative style and a gorgeous colour palette of vibrant greens, oranges and ochres. A great story to promote discussion in class or at home and perhaps to encourage a spot of guerrilla gardening.' - Books for Keeps magazine

`A charming and thought-provoking book .... Lots of important messages, effectively presented for young children.' - Parents in Touch

'A book whose illustrations will literally take your breath away... It is truly truly spectacular....' - The Book Bairn

`Vibrant illustrations spring to life in a palette of fresh, zingy citrus colours and have a childlike quality to them that fits really nicely with the story.' - My Book Corner

'A timely tale, the vibrant illustrations and simple narrative create a magical feel to the power of nature to transform and shares how we can all make our world a better place.' - The Book Activist

`A lovely story offering an important message about the wonder of green spaces and the magic of planting seeds and watching them grow ... a fabulous book for sharing and promoting discussion.' - North Somerset Teacher's Book Award

`A timely tale' - Absolutely Mama

`It takes someone like Katie Cottle's The Green Giant to demonstrate the importance of the environment and making it a greener place for everyone to enjoy... A book to share, discuss and act upon.' - Red Reading Hub

`Publishing on World Book Day is this charming book ... A gentle exhortation to young readers to be more aware of their natural surroundings and to treasure and protect their green spaces.' - Moray Libraries

'A lovely story about sowing seeds, planting trees and greening the city. Beautifully relevant.' - It's All About Stories

'A timely tale that encourages us to take notice of nature and to make the world more green'' - Drawing on Books

`A scintillating introduction to the wonders of nature, a space to take in breath and to take stock for a while ... an empathetic eco-tale perfect to inspire a younger generation.' - Picture Books Blogger

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ISBN: 9781843654001
Publication date: 18/02/2019
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843654001
Publication date: 18th February 2019
Author: Katie Cottle
Illustrator: Katie Cottle
Publisher: Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Pavilion Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Ecological and Environmental

About Katie Cottle

Katie is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol. Her work is mainly based around a narrative and often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache. Katie won the Batsford Prize for children book illustration with her story 'Home Grown'. She has also received 'highly commended' at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on several occasions. she received a 'One to Watch' award at D&AD New Blood in 2017.

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