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Giraffe Problems

Jory John Lane Smith



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Walker Books
01 October 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- From the team that brought us Penguin Problems comes another wonderfully quirky book about the existential dilemma of discontent! Giraffe feels really bad about his neck. Really really really bad. He is extremely self-conscious about it, until he meets a turtle, and learns that there can be worse things than too much neck… A delightful story with simple but expressive illustrations; one that adults will appreciate on a different level from the young readers who will find it humourous.  Lindy Jones


Penguins aren't the only animal out there with problems, oh no...

From Jory John and Lane Smith, the winner of the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal, comes a laugh-out-loud companion to the acclaimed Penguin Problems. Edward the giraffe can't understand why his neck is as long and bendy and 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... anything he can think of. But just when he's exhausted his neck-hiding options, a turtle ambles in and tries to help him understand that his neck has a purpose... and looks excellent in a bow tie.
By:   Jory John
Illustrated by:   Lane Smith
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 285mm,  Width: 224mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   395g
ISBN:   9781406383164
ISBN 10:   1406383163
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 October 2018
Recommended Age:   From 3 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jory John is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You! and Quit Calling Me a Monster!, both illustrated by Bob Shea, and Goodnight Already! and I Love You Already!, illustrated by Benji Davies. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among many other books. He lives in San Francisco, USA. Find Jory online at joryjohn.com and on Twitter as @joryjohn. Lane Smith has written and illustrated a number of novels and picture books for children, including the two Caldecott Honor titles, Grandpa Green and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Stories. He was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2017 winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum. He lives with his wife, book designer Molly Leach, in rural Connecticut, USA. Find Lane online at lanesmithbooks.com.

Reviews for Giraffe Problems

Beautiful design and sophisticated humour mean this picture book has charm beyond the intended age group and could become a real household favourite. * BookTrust * Side-splittingly funny, totally original and one to return to time after time. * Picture Books Blogger * The sheer range of this book means that you could quite legitimately buy it for anyone of any age group, and they would find something to enjoy. And of course, the message, that perceived 'difference' is (a) normal and (b) actually quite good, is a life lesson that we would all do well to remember! * Armadillo * Accompanied by Lane Smith's witty and beautifully textured illustrations, Jory John's story offers a breezy view of these issues as well as some endearingly elegant and polite dialogue between Edward and Cyrus. * The School Librarian *

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