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Hannah Moffatt, illustrated by Rory Walker


16 June 2022









Harvey is a small boy in a giant world. On stilts.

When Harvey accidentally sets fire to his headteacher’s trousers, Mum decides it’s time for a BIG change. So, she packs him off to Madame Bogbrush’s School for Gifted Giants.

He’ll grunt. He’ll clomp. He’ll bash things with clubs. But Harvey’s not a giant. He’s a boy on stilts. And if his classmates find out, they’ll stomp him into a sandwich!

Then the Beastly School Board arrives for a surprise inspection and Harvey realises he’s not the only one in danger…

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2023

A GIANT triumph! Funny, creative and heart-warming. I adored everything from the hilarious giant-school timetables to the swampfish and bogweed sandwiches. And who wouldn’t want a best friend like Walloping Toenail? Loved this MG

– A. F. Steadman, Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

Funny and yucky with characterful caricatures by Rory Walker … likely to be a hit read aloud. Expect a sequel involving vampires

– The Sunday Times Book of the Week, Best Books of the Year

Riotous fun

– Amanda Craig, New Statesman

If you’re a fan of Roald Dahl and the BFG or the Twits – this would be the perfect choice for you!

– Book Clubs in Schools

Vast in humour and heart. A giant of a book.

– Zillah Bethell, The Shark Caller

It’s funny, it’s silly and it’s simply delightful. Fun with a giant-sized ‘F

– Rashmi Sirdeshpande, Never Show a T-Rex a Book

‘Bursting with big laughs, literally larger-than-life characters and more crazy ideas than you can shake a pair of stilts at, Small! is an absolute riot. It’s got weirdness, warmth, an awful lot of walloping and the scariest clipboard in literature. I loved it!

– James Harris, The Unbelievable Biscuit Factory

Hannah has created a richly imagined world that feels completely believable and realistic. A giant of a story full of bravery, adventure and self-belief. Packed with humour and heart, this is bound to entertain and engage younger readers.

– Booklover Jo

It’s epic. Massive fun, giant amounts of silliness and a huge heart. I loved every page of it.

– Tom Vaughan, Bin Boy

A totally original tall tale that’s spurt-your-tea-out funny.

– Lucy Brandt, Leonora Bolt: Secret inventor

There are not enough stories about giants! Delightfully off-the-wall and full of everything that makes children laugh, Small! by Hannah Moffatt is fantastic for LKS2.

– Kate Heap, Scope for Imagination

This seriously silly story has enough bogeys, burps, and bad smells to entertain any 9-11 year old; but underneath the stinky swamp goblins and swamp-paste sandwiches, there’s a strong message about not carrying the blame for things that aren’t your fault.

– Book Trust

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Hannah Moffatt, illustrated by Rory Walker

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