Rating:1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Edward the Giraffe is very self-conscious about his neck. He admires the necks of his fellow animals (the lion’s neck is “adorned with a glorious mane of flowing locks.”) and tries many methods to conceal or disguise his own. Then he meets Cyrus, a turtle who is jealous of what Edward can do and see with his long neck, and the two develop a beautiful friendship. The writing is absolutely lovely, and the muted illustrations are adorable. It’s sophisticated and funny and sweet, and a great lesson about self-confidence and body image.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No!
To whom would you recommend this book? It is a follow-up to the duo’s Penguin Problems, and will make a wonderful readaloud for K-2 classes
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.
Date of review: 10/4/18