GIRAFFE PROBLEMS by Jory John and Lane Smith

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!

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