Title: Giraffe Problems
Author: Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrations)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 25, 2018
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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?
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.
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
My Two Cents:
Like Nora Ephron, Cyrus the giraffe feels bad about his neck. Yeah, he's a giraffe but he wants nothing to do with his super long neck. When he meets a new little friend in the form of a turtle, Cyrus realizes that having a super long neck is actually quite a good thing. This is a sweet story about how friends bring out the best of us and how important self-acceptance is.
As many of you know, I have toddler twins and thank goodness, they love books! Story time is a big deal in our house and this is such a perfect book. Between the good messages, the sweet friendship, and the great illustrations, this book has quickly become a bedtime story favorite in our household. There is always something more to talk about when reading the book and it's become a great jumping off point for having age appropriate discussions about self-acceptance and being a good friend.
This is a wonderful story and it got thumbs up from my whole family!