Goliath, The Boy Who Was Different – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Goliath, The Boy Who Was Different

Author and Illustrator: Ximo Abadia

 Publisher: Little Gestalten, 2019

Ages: 4-6

Themes: size, difference, individuality, boyhood, growing up


I was big.


A story about a boy who was a little too big for his boots … Goliath always knew he was special. He was big. He was brave. He was the strongest. He was different! Convinced that his home had nothing more to offer, Goliath headed out into the world to show everyone what he was really made of. But he didn’t look so brave when confronted with the sea and he didn’t look so big when stood next to the Sun. So what does being big and brave mean? And why was he determined to be that way … ?

Why I like this book:

Author/illustrator Ximo Abadía explores concepts of boyhood, physical difference, growing up, individuality, and the complexities we all face in search of our place. Abadía’s vibrant modernistic style and colors stood out as much as the edgy, philosophical message. The tall format adds a legitimate dimension (pun intended) to the tale. Goliath is a story that is poignant and empowering.

This is a great German press that publishes unusual books, which I almost always love.

Look at this amazing art!


The art is so extraordinary, I would ask my students to paint their own Goliaths.

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10 Responses to Goliath, The Boy Who Was Different – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Barb says:

    Love the artwork! It looks very retro.

  2. Julie says:

    Fantastic artwork – must seek this one out!

  3. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    This looks amazing! There’s only one on order at the SFPL, but I’ve put a hold on it. Thanks for this great rec, Joanna.

  4. Joanna, You always find the most amazing books. I have to find this one.

  5. I love Barb’s description above of the illustrations looking retro. So spot on. I’m intrigued to read this book. I hope my library owns a copy.

  6. I love foreign publishers — such unique titles, themes and artwork. This story looks especially amazing. What a great share with children. Much to ponder.

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