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“The Giant Watabore Makes a Discovery”

Real name


First appearance

St. Nicholas, vol. 1, no. 2 (Dec. 1873)

Original publisher

Scribner & Co.

Created by

Mary Mapes Dodge


Watabore is a tremendous “scientific giant” who, instead of eating humans or animals, eats information. He falls ill after devouring too many indiscriminate opinions and cannot be cured until he alters his diet to only eating opinions he deems worthy after careful consideration. Among the characters to offer him questionable medical advice is the Man in the Moon.

Public domain literary appearance

“The Giant Watabore: A Big Child’s Story,” by Mary Mapes Dodge, St. Nicholas, vol. 1, no. 2, Dec. 1873. (Internet Archive)


The accompanying illustration to Watabore’s only public‐domain appearance, and which explicitly depicts him according to the caption, is actually a reprint of an illustration by Émile Bayard in Jules Verne’s Around the Moon from 1870. See in the Internet Archive.

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