Becky Large, primary school teacher
I've used The Giant from Nowhere with children who have English as an additional language. They have all loved the story and connected with the range of themes explored. For instance: difference, making friends, loneliness, not being able to read or write in English, making amends, fitting in, and the concept of 'home' to name a few. It helped the children to explore these big ideas in a safe and enjoyable setting where we unpacked the multi-layered story. This book lends itself to a cross-curricular approach and is written by someone who has a true understanding of a narrative that will appeal to children.
Viv Grant, former headteacher
Francis Dickens is a gifted author. She has an acute understanding of children's worries, fears, concerns and the confusion and loneliness that sometimes accompany childhood. The Giant from Nowhere is a heart-warming tale that helps children explore a range of emotions linked to being "an outsider" and making friends - something that will resonate with many a young reader. Highly recommended for children (and adults) of all ages.