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The Last Giants by Francois Place - Alder & Alouette

The Last Giants by Francois Place

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After finding a huge tooth on the docks, English explorer Archibald Leopold Ruthmore sets out to seek the race of giants to whom the tooth belongs and discovers nine giants, the survivors of a singularly gentle and kindly race. He lives among them for ten months, and on returning home he makes a mistake that he regrets forever--he writes a book revealing their existence and location.

School Library Journal said, "Part fable, part fantasy, and part morality tale, this unusual French import takes the form of a 19th-century explorer's journal, illustrated with intricate watercolors... The powerful and thought-provoking messages require reflection and may be used to spark lively discussions."


**Although most picture books have a tiny bit of wiggle room on age ranges due to individual differences in all children and people, the vocabulary in this award winning, thought provoking book is advanced and is not recommended for younger children than the recommended range. It is also not recommended for struggling readers to read on their own. It’s recommended that parents preread the book in order to determine if their child/children will need assistance reading or not. 



  • 1992 Grand Prize for Children's Literature In France (Grand Prix du Livre de Jeunesse)
  • Prix Sorcières, an annual French literary award
  • Honors List of IBBY France (International Board of Books for Young People, France)


  • The Last Giants
  • Written and illustrated by Francois Place.
  • Published by David R. Godine Publisher, May 31, 2018.
  • 0.4" H x 6.2" L x 9.4" W (0.5 lbs) 80 pages
  • Ages 8 to 12 years
  • Softcover