The giant Grandgouzier knows nothing of the origin of his early ancestors when he takes the throne of Utopia. His sage, Alcofrybas, is led to an underground cavern where the secret is stored, and the nobility of the line of giants is established.
Grandgouzier's son, Prince Gargantua, grows from a food-addicted infant to a learned, wise, fun-loving and adventuresome giant in his ripe teens. With his squad of special friends and courtiers, Gargantua is suddenly recalled from afar to defend his father's kingdom from attack by the snivelling Picrochole, an equally gigantic neighbouring ruler, whose excuse for invading Utopia is among the most ridiculous pretexts for war ever imagined.
The exploits of the prince and his lieutenants, especially the intrepid Friar John, bring the conflict to a just conclusion.
(The author, David Duke-Evans, has reconstructed these episodes in an expurgated format from the old French chronicles of François Rabelays. The story's rumbustious characters are added to the library stock of older children in a sympathetic and humorous manner fitting for an intelligent juvenile age-group, and the book is intended as the first of at least a trilogy).
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