The Giant King 2017-10-01T07:50:29+00:00

The Giant King

Written by Kathleen Pelley | Illustrated By Maurie J. Manning

2010 NAPPA Storytelling Honors Award

The Giant KingSome say that Rabbie, the carpenter’s son, is a dreamer; but Rabbie says he works from his heart, carving not what is, but what could be. When Rabbie goes to a distant town to sell his carvings, he finds the town besieged by a fierce and destructive giant. The townspeople despair, but Rabbie suggests that if the giant were treated like a king, he might behave like one. Readers will be charmed by the message of this heart-warming fable: that which is loved will reveal its loveliness.

Proceeds from this book go to Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe, Africa—a home for AIDS orphans.

Buy the Book

IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Child Welfare League of America (Publisher)

Buy the Audiobook

Amazon (Winner of an NAPPA Storytelling Award!)

Activity Guide

Kathleen’s guides assist readers to a deeper understanding of concepts in her books with activities such as games, puzzles and discussion questions.

View the Activity Guide

Shoestring Children’s Theater Company performs The Giant King

School Library Journal

The text reads well and is complemented by full-color mostly full-spread  illustrations…Buy where stories of tolerance are requested.

School Library Journal

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:46:30+00:00

School Library Journal

The text reads well and is complemented by full-color mostly full-spread  illustrations…Buy where stories of tolerance are requested.

Midwest Book Review

Charmingly illustrated by Maurie J. Manning, The Giant King is a heartwarming and thoughtful story.

Midwest Book Review

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:51:05+00:00

Midwest Book Review

Charmingly illustrated by Maurie J. Manning, The Giant King is a heartwarming and thoughtful story.

Eve Bunting, Children’s Author

A touching fantasy that is filled with truth. Told with understanding, this is a story children will love and learn from.

Eve Bunting, Children’s Author

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:51:44+00:00

Eve Bunting, Children’s Author

A touching fantasy that is filled with truth. Told with understanding, this is a story children will love and learn from.

Epinions.com

Kathleen Pelley has written a delightful story, with a message of strength and hope, about recognizing the potential in others...The Giant King is a parable encouraging us to look for the good in others—a parable that children (and adults) of all ages can benefit from.

Epinions.com

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:52:16+00:00

Epinions.com

Kathleen Pelley has written a delightful story, with a message of strength and hope, about recognizing the potential in others...The Giant King is a parable encouraging us to look for the good in others—a parable that children (and adults) of all ages can benefit from.

Harold McFarland, Book Reviewer

The book opens up a wealth of opportunities to discuss how our actions affect others, looking beyond the obvious, and cultural differences. The illustrations are colorful and hold a child’s attention well. The Giant King is a highly recommended read for all children.

Harold McFarland, Book Reviewer

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:52:46+00:00

Harold McFarland, Book Reviewer

The book opens up a wealth of opportunities to discuss how our actions affect others, looking beyond the obvious, and cultural differences. The illustrations are colorful and hold a child’s attention well. The Giant King is a highly recommended read for all children.

Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Author

In this fable-like story, Kathleen Pelley tells about a little Scottish woodcarver who helps to tame a ferocious giant through the power of kindness. The story echoes the old fairy tales in its style, and its gentle moral is especially timely in our own, often frightening world.

Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Author

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:53:16+00:00

Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Author

In this fable-like story, Kathleen Pelley tells about a little Scottish woodcarver who helps to tame a ferocious giant through the power of kindness. The story echoes the old fairy tales in its style, and its gentle moral is especially timely in our own, often frightening world.

Eileen Spinelli, Children’s Author

What a welcome tonic is this delightful story in a world where human kindness seems in short supply. Bravo to Kathleen Pelley!

Eileen Spinelli, Children’s Author

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:53:46+00:00

Eileen Spinelli, Children’s Author

What a welcome tonic is this delightful story in a world where human kindness seems in short supply. Bravo to Kathleen Pelley!

Edward M. Hays, Author

This is a powerful story that speaks to children of all ages about the secret of how to create a beautiful world…charming, enchanting, and challenging.

Edward M. Hays, Author

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:54:16+00:00

Edward M. Hays, Author

This is a powerful story that speaks to children of all ages about the secret of how to create a beautiful world…charming, enchanting, and challenging.

Hyrum Smith, Franklin/Covey co-founder

This is a wonderful story that teaches a very practical lesson in win-win relationships–a must read for all children, it wouldn’t hurt the adults either.

Hyrum Smith, Franklin/Covey co-founder

The Giant King Children's Book written by Kathleen Pelley
2015-04-29T13:54:44+00:00

Hyrum Smith, Franklin/Covey co-founder

This is a wonderful story that teaches a very practical lesson in win-win relationships–a must read for all children, it wouldn’t hurt the adults either.