The trouble there is, I thought the book was …well to be nice, a bit on the strange side. I wasn’t sure children/young adults would like the book. And I just didn’t “get” it. I think it is an allegory but I’m not positive and if it is I’m not sure what it is supposed to be teaching us. The book is “spiritual” in that God is mentioned repeatedly but so is a form of humanism.
In the book the helpful giants leave Thomas’ village suddenly. Thomas volunteers to find the giants and ask why they left and when they are returning. The town is in a uproar. Thomas’ wife, Rachel and two-year old daughter, Hope, promise to leave wildflowers every day for him.
Thomas does find the giants and is only told he is The One. He is the giant for his village and he must return and help them.
Because I’m no longer a child, I had my children read the book. Here is what they had to say:
From my 12 year old:
Overall, I thought it was a good book about a man who is sent on a journey to find his village’s hardworking friends, the giants. But Thomas learns a new meaning of the word “giant” by the time he returns. Over and over, he is resuced by an unseen ally in the forest, in the lake…and yet the giants have eluded him it seems.
But at the end of his journey, he encounters answers–in the form of riddles. Thomas feels that he has failed. But can the giants show him what a true giant is?
One of my favorite parts in the book was the repeated line, ” A giant is not measured by the greatness of his strength, but by the greatness of his heart.”
As a twelve year old, I found no fault in the book, only that on his journey, a giant friend seems to protect him, rather than God. Other than that I recommend this book.
I believe that there are some great morals to the story: we tend to learn to rely on giants in our lives, yet someday we must learn to walk on our own, we can always return to our family, and to follow the Lord’s leading. But for some children, I think, it may be a tad confusing with so many morals.
But it’s still a good–or should I say–great book!
And from my nine year old.
I thought this book was different. It wasn’t exactly an “easy-read”, it was one of the more difficult books to read, and left a couple gaps. I liked the part where he was at ForestMaster’s house, and then when he finally came home again. Those were cool!
(I received a free copy of this ebook from LitFuse for the purpose of review.)