Giraffe Problems– Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith


  Giraffe Problems– Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith.  Random House, 2018. 9781524772031.

Format: Hardcover.

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

 

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One Response to Giraffe Problems– Jory John, Illustrated by Lane Smith

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