Giraffe Problems

Giraffe Problems

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Random House, Inc.
Penguins aren't the only animals with problems. . . . A second hilarious collaboration from picture-book superstars Lane Smith and Jory John!

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 Edward 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.

Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to Penguin Problems finds an embarrassed giraffe trying to cover up the long neck he thinks is absurdly different from those of other animals before a turtle in a bow tie helps him realize how purposeful, and stylish, his long neck can be.

& Taylor

When Cyrus the giraffe feels self-conscious about his neck, a turtle helps him understand its purpose.
"A giraffe struggles to feel comfortable with his neck"--

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781524772031
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane - Illustrator


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BPLpicks Jun 27, 2019

It’s the age old problem, you always want what you don’t have. For a giraffe named Edward it’s all about his neck, it’s just too… necky. He can’t do what the other animals can and so he just wants to hide. Then one day he meets a turtle named Cyrus, who has similar opinions of his own neck, and much admiration for Edward’s long neck. Together they help each other to gain perspective on how great their necks are, especially when they work together. A great read-aloud!

VaughanPLDaniela May 16, 2019

A charming story about perception and positive self image, guaranteed to illicit some giggles along the way!

whenever I look at gavin newsome, governor of California, and former mayor of san Francisco, I see a giraffe. it didn't help that their lousy zoo featured a giraffe enclosure which were the first animals seen when one entered the-then new entrance, closer to the pacific ocean by an eighth of a mile, than the-then old entrance, further away from that big pond(if the brits refer to the atlantic ocean, as, 'the pond',then why not call the Pacific Ocean, the 'big pond) up sloat boulevard toward west portal. while I lived there, there was an incident with a female tiger, which consisted of her scaling the wall of her area to get to two teenage tormenters. she dealt with them severely. sfpd killed her as she peacefully sat next to the one she didn't kill. she was enjoying his trembling but was interrupted by the pellets which ended her life. things like this are not supposed to happen, in real life. wakes some of us up from the maya-dream we doze and walk around in/with. obviously, the tiger enclosure was poorly fact, it was not up to the standards of the national zoo group. how could anyone have expected dear gavin to know anything of this? wasn't it the rascally behavior of the young men, which brought tragedy into their lives? (and, one of them, out of life). / saw a nature special about giraffes recently. it featured two young males fighting for position in the giraffe-group. the sight of those long necks, swinging at each other in order to make head-butts happen, well, I tell ya', it made me glad such specials are made, and books like this one are published.

Apr 24, 2019

A companion piece for Penguin Problems, but with a self-critical focus. The illustrations are charming.

VaughanPLBecca Nov 16, 2018

This is a story about a giraffe who feels his neck is too long and a turtle who feels his neck is too short. Nicely illustrated and very cute. A good story to teach kids about being positive and learning to like themselves.

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