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The Giant Killer

A. L. O. E.

Book Overview: 

Ten year old twins. Constantine and Adolphus are chagrined to be shipped off to a private tutor in the country. Their lot appears worse when they meet their host and his family, consisting of a wife, son Aleck (who imagines himself the perfect student) and two little girls! On top of that, they are expected to study. Fun seems in short supply when they are not even allowed to pull the cow's tail, and there is no second dinner provided. This allegorical tale can be a simple, amusing story or a lesson to us all.

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Community Reviews

I think this book was REALLY good! I really recommend this book! (though I recommend ALL of the lamplighter books! :-)

Can I rate this at 12 stars? ;) Yup, this is most definitely a favorite read! The story is of a a little family with 3 children. Soon their cousins come to visit but they are a trial and do not have the same values as the children have been brought up with - they are quite difficult to get along wit

Better than Pilgrim’s Progress.

Wonderful analogy to help kids (and adults) think about the war against sin.

This book is in our Lamplighter collection and this is my second time reading it. It’s a wonderfully rich allegorical tale about conquering the giants we deal with in life including anger, hatefulness, laziness, and selfishness.

The tale follows two boys, Adolphus and Constantine, who come to live w

I quite enjoyed this.

It was a better allegory than Pilgrim's Progress because the allegory was intertwined with a story about children having to adapt to each other and learning to fight their own problems instead of blaming them on others. It was very accessible and enjoyable for me. I thought that

Awesome story about fighting the giants of sloth and lying and other giants who still our joy and stop us from forgiving and being grateful.
A wonderful allegory! I enjoyed reading it.

A story within a story. A mother tells her children of the knight, Fides, who battles the enemies of his King: Giant Sloth, Giant Selfishness, Giant Untruth, Giant Hate, and Giant Pride.

Written by A.L.O.E., A Lady of England.

I bought a copy of this book from a second hand book store. The copy, published by Nelson & sons, is dated 1873. I love it! A book with history, such a delight to read. The book is meant for children, nonetheless I love the use of language and the story. I even got emotional at times. Well written,

An incredible tale of the Giants (hate, pride, laziness, etc.) that we all must face inside our hearts. I consider myself good at reading aloud, and the language and cadence proved challenging, which I enjoyed. My two oldest children (9 and 6) understood the allegory and begged me to continue each t

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