Giraffe Problems By Jory John, illustrated by Lane Smith
It’s not easy being a giraffe, especially when your fellow African animals are so darn attractive. At least that’s how Edward the giraffe feels. His neck is just too. . .necky. “Everybody stares at it. This guy. That guy. Him. Her. Them. Whatever that is. Her again.” And it’s true; most of his neighbors don’t respond very kindly to his very long neck. Luckily, a wise turtle is able to convince Edward that his neck is just right for a giraffe. In a lovely fold-out page, we see Edward using his neck in a very giraffe-like manner. (And it also looks excellent in a bow tie.) Not only does the book carry a very powerful message, it is never sappy and comes alive with the author and illustrator’s well-known sly humor and wit. Highly recommended!