Giraffe Problems

By: Jory John

Illustrator: Lane Smith

Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be…HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it’s exactly that—how on earth did you figure it out?
Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes—honestly, anything you can think of, he’s tried.
Just when he has exhausted his neck-hiding options and is about to throw in the towel, a turtle swoops in (well, ambles in, very slowly) and helps him understand that his neck has a purpose, and looks excellent in a bow tie.
Jory John and Lane Smith have truly outdone themselves in this companion book to Penguin Problems.
Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781524772048

JLG Release: Jan 2019


Topics: Giraffes , Necks , Self-acceptance , Turtles , Humorous stories

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal*, Booklist*

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This companion to Penguin Problems (rev. 9/16) stars Edward the Giraffe, who is self-conscious about his neck: “It’s too long. Too bendy. Too narrow. Too dopey. Too patterned. Too stretchy. Too high. Too lofty. Too…necky.” In a fidgety, conversational first-person text, Edward shares his strategies for masking his neck using neckties, shrub This companion to Penguin Problems (rev. 9/16) stars Edward the Giraffe, who is self-conscious about his neck: “It’s too long. Too bendy. Too narrow. Too dopey. Too patterned. Too stretchy. Too high. Too lofty. Too…necky.” In a fidgety, conversational first-person text, Edward shares his strategies for masking his neck using neckties, shrubs, trees, ditches, and water. He twists and stretches his neck awkwardly up, down, and across page-turns, with humorous results. When attempts to communicate his jealousy of others’ physical characteristics (a zebra, lion, and elephant) result in their annoyance, Edward slumps over a rock…which is actually a turtle named Cyrus. The two start chatting, and an opportunity to see the benefits of his neck (a gatefold lifts up as Edward is shown stretching to retrieve a banana for Cyrus from a tall tree) changes Edward’s perspective, as well as both creatures’ feelings of isolation. The use of panels (and implied panels) divides images during moments of conversation and contemplation, allowing characters’ emotions and reactions to take center stage in the textured illustrations with muted hues. A variety of typefaces and font colors makes sound effects and dialogue clear. As Edward moves from self-doubt to growing confidence with help from patient, supportive Cyrus, readers are afforded caring models for self-acceptance and unconditional friendship. elisa gall

Book Details

ISBN

9781524772048

First Release

January 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD530L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Random House

Potentially Sensitive Areas


Topics

Giraffes, Necks, Self-acceptance, Turtles, Humorous stories,

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