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The Green Giant

Katie Cottle

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654001

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 7 March 2019

ISBN: 9781843654421

ASIN: 9781843654421

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Publication date: 7 August 2020

Category: Picture Books

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A beautiful eco-tale from the winner of the Batsford Prize

You’ve met the Iron Giant, the Big Friendly Giant and the Selfish Giant. Now meet the Green Giant!

A young girl, Bea, and her dog, Iris, are staying with her grandad in the country. Bea is bored, but Iris’s adventures lead them to the small and rusty old greenhouse next door.

Inside the greenhouse, Bea finds… a giant. A giant made entirely of plants and greenery. Bea is scared, but the giant reassures her and explains that he has escaped from the grey city.

Bea and the giant become friends, but can they do anything to make the grey city, and the world, a greener place?

A brilliant new picture book that highlights our concern for the environment, greening our cities, guerrilla gardening and making the world a better place.

Katie Cottle was the winner of the Batsford Prize 2017 and is a rising star in the picture book world.


Katie is an illustrator and print-maker living and working in Bristol, UK. Her work is often informed by the marks and colours created through traditional lithography. She also works digitally, using an iPad, and occasionally paints with gouache.

Katie won the Batsford Prize for Children’s Book Illustration. She has also received the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the Macmillan Prize for Illustration on numerous occasions. She received a ‘One to Watch’ award at D&AD New Blood in 2017. 



'A charming book that highlights the benefits of involving nature in your life ... the illustrations are lovely. It is a sweet story that will inspire any reader to appreciate nature and ends on an optimistic note: the world looks best when green.'

 'The illustrations are just so lush'

'Amazing illustrations.  A lovely story ... Beautifully relevant.'

‘A charming book that highlights the benefits of involving nature in your life. The typography is fun to play with, especially when reading aloud, and the illustrations are lovely’


'A timely tale of unexpected friendship with strong ecological themes.'

A striking debut picture book with a jaunty illustrative style and a gorgeous colour palette of vibrant greens, oranges and ochres. A great story to promote discussion in class or at home and perhaps to encourage a spot of guerrilla gardening.

‘A charming and thought-provoking book …. Lots of important messages, effectively presented for young children.’

'A book whose illustrations will literally take your breath away… It is truly truly spectacular….'

‘Vibrant illustrations spring to life in a palette of fresh, zingy citrus colours and have a childlike quality to them that fits really nicely with the story.’

'A timely tale, the vibrant illustrations and simple narrative create a magical feel to the power of nature to transform and shares how we can all make our world a better place.’

‘A lovely story offering an important message about the wonder of green spaces and the magic of planting seeds and watching them grow … a  fabulous book for sharing and promoting discussion.’


‘A timely tale' 

‘It takes someone like Katie Cottle’s The Green Giant to demonstrate the importance of the environment and making it a greener place for everyone to enjoy... A book to share, discuss and act upon.’

‘Publishing on World Book Day is this charming book … A gentle exhortation to young readers to be more aware of their natural surroundings and to treasure and protect their green spaces.’

'A lovely story about sowing seeds, planting trees and greening the city. Beautifully relevant.’

'A timely tale that encourages us to take notice of nature and to make the world more green'’

‘A scintillating introduction to the wonders of nature, a space to take in breath and to take stock for a while … an empathetic eco-tale perfect to inspire a younger generation.’

'This stunning empathetic story about the joy and importance of nature is so beautiful and a real joy to read’

Rosie's Library




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