Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, Megumi Iwasa, illustration by Jun Takabatake

51dftvdlmel    Yours Sincerely, Giraffe, Megumi Iwasa, illustration by Jun Takabatake, Gecko Press, (9781927271889), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Animal story

What did you like about the book?  Lonely Giraffe decides to send a letter to an animal on the other side of the horizon.  He uses Pelican’s new mail service, started because Pelican was also lonely and bored.  Soon Giraffe and Penguin are pen pals.  Giraffe cannot imagine what Penguin looks like, but using clues in the letters decides to make a penguin costume and visit Penguin.  Hilarity ensues as Giraffe, of course, looks nothing like a penguin when he arrives for his visit.  In the end, Giraffe is no longer lonely as he has made a friend in both Penguin and Pelican.  The line drawing illustrations perfectly complement the text which is made up of short chapters and letters.  This is a fun story about friendship and also a nice introduction to the art of letter writing.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a story that will be enjoyed by children moving into chapter books.  It was be a good addition to units on letter writing, too.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries  and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/5/17             

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