The Little Girl Giant and her giant picture book

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reading the giant picture book

If you live in Perth in Western Australia, you couldn’t have missed the buzz about The Giants back in February. For three days, giant marionettes walked the streets of the city with over a million people turning up to welcome them. I was excited just to see the Giants, but even more excited for the Little Girl Giant to finally receive the enormous picture book I helped out with.

On the Giants’ first day, my mum and I were squished into the crowd when we got our first glimpse of the Little Girl Giant.

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The Little Girl giant arrives seated on a car
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She acknowledges her adoring fans
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She licks a lolly – she even has a tongue!

As she continued down the road we dashed ahead to Wellington Square. She would be receiving her giant book there, and we had front row seats.

Wellington square #perthfest #giantsperth

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#perthfest #giantsperth

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Once she gets into the deck chair will she be able to get out again? #perthfest #giantsperth

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Kids run forward #perthfest #giantsperth

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"Bring the book!"

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The Lilliputians finish their prep for the Little Girl Giant’s afternoon nap
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Unbelievable!

I didn’t get into the city on the second day, but my girlfriend and I braved the crowds on the final morning to farewell the Giants. The Little Girl and the Diver did a lap of Langley Park then were lifted by crane onto a barge. A flotilla escorted them down the river to Fremantle.

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I’ve never seen such huge numbers of people in Perth. Normally I feel a bit overwhelmed in crowds, but the vibe there was good – everyone was in awe. It seemed that many adults became very child-like watching the Giants. I’ve heard that grown-ups were saying “she looked at me, the Girl Giant looked right at me!”. Many were waving as the Giants left. There was just something about these enormous puppets … despite the fact we could all see the cables moving their limbs, we suspended disbelief. To us, the Giants were real.

Author: James Foley

James makes books for courageous kids. His books include 'The Amity Kids Adventures', 'In The Lion', 'The Last Viking'. A couple of these books have won awards. People have also bought copies, and for that he is grateful. His new book 'The Last Viking Returns' is out now. Follow James at www.facebook.com/jamesfoleyillustrations , @James_R_Foley on twitter and instagram or at www.jamesfoley.com.au

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