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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre

Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre. Art by Rafael Rosado. 2012.

Fiery Claudette wants nothing more than to be a giant killer like her monster-slaying father. Unfortunately, he is now a wheelchair-bound blacksmith who met his match in an angry female dragon who was defending her litter. Regardless, Claudette wants to test her mettle and stop the horrible Baby-Feet-Eating Giant. With some slight manipulation of the truth, she persuades her younger brother Gaston and  friend, Marie, a Marquis' daughter, to join her. Gaston is somewhat meek and has a strong interest in creating cuisine for his family and friends, but also really wants to learn the skill of sword making. Marie is smart and has one career goal: to be a princess. These are unseasoned warriors, and to get to Giant's Peak, the kids must pass through the Forest of Death, fight some ferocious trees, escape the dangerous Apple Hag and more. With only the help of a wooden sword, Gaston's culinary skills and their faithful pug Valiant, can they succeed in their quest? Heck yes, because Gaston is brave, Marie is charming, Claudette is bold, and the loving blacksmith and his friend have got their backs!

Kids who like graphic novels will love the humorous adventures of Claudette and company. Adults will find something to like in strong heroine Claudette, as well as her friends, who are true to themselves and get things done their own way, with a little support from each other.

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