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Monday, October 1, 2018

Giraffe Problems Blog Tour (review)

Giraffe Problems 
Written by Jory John 
Illustrated by Lane Smith 
September 25, 2018 
Random House BFYR 
Source: pub for review 

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? 

Cyrus 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.

Poor Cyrus the giraffe has a big problem: his neck! It’s just too long, too odd, too necky. And no amount of ties, bow ties, scarves, or hiding helps. But an unexpected conversation and new friendship with a turtle may just have Cyrus seeing his neck in a whole new way.  

Jory John’s Giraffe Problems is a cleverly funny and endearingly uplifting picture book. Little readers will be charmed by Cyrus’ laugh-out-loud predicament and Jory John’s precocious and amusingly posh text. Lane Smith wonderfully brings Cyrus and the turtle to life through engaging illustrations and masterfully creates great movement and textures. 

With pages of humor, a sweet message, and lovely illustrations, Giraffe Problems is sure to be a bedtime hit!

Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books for both children and adults. He is a two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient.  

Jory's work includes the New York Times bestselling novel The Terrible Two, the award-winning Goodnight Already! series and the national bestseller All my friends are dead. His most recent picture books are Penguin Problems (illustrated by Lane Smith) and Quit Calling Me a Monster! (illustrated by Bob Shea). 

Jory's forthcoming picture books include The Bad Seed (illustrated by Pete Oswald) and Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? (illustrated by Liz Climo). 

Jory has also written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and BuzzFeed, among many other publications. His projects have also been featured in The Best American Nonrequired Reading.  For more than six years, Jory worked as the programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco's Mission District, founded by Dave Eggers.

1 comment:

Brenda said...

I'm very familiar with Jory John's The Terrible Two, but this is a new to me book. Have to check it out, it looks adorable.