The Book That Made Me: David Almond 20/03/19
Grandad’s Secret Giant
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Although the Secret Giant is rarely seen, grandad is convinced he exists. It was the Giant who stood watch when they were camping, fixed the town clock and protected their tiny boat in the storm. Billy isn't so sure; how could someone so enormous never be seen?
But now Billy can't reach the top of the town mural he's painting: could the Giant help? As soon as Billy meets the Giant, Billy runs away: he's HUMONGOUS! But then Billy wonders if the Giant is tired of scaring people because he's different - maybe he's lonely, and just wants a friend.
There's a mysterious luminosity in this book's delicately detailed illustrations (complete with hidden giant), alongside characters drawn with humour and compassion. It's a magical story about accepting people who are different.