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Today, we're joining ranks with the Random House Children's Publishing team to help shine the BOOK BIRTHDAY spotlight on the latest Picture Book collaboration from author Jory John and illustrator Lane Smith! Recognize the names...well, they're the duo that brought us Penguin Problems not so long ago...and what problems they do have! Now, we're discovering the problems our necky, long-legged friends happen to have, and though pretty specific to their genetic make up, there's definitely still enough there for readers of all ages to relate to. Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and title in the spotlight...
Random House Children's Books
I'm got 99 problems, but a GIRAFFE is definitely not one of them!
This book was adorable from start to finish. First, we meet Edward the giraffe who is having a bit of a hard time dealing with what he sees as his primary, distinguishing feature...his neck. Apparently, it makes some things hard that should be easy, gives other animals something to stare at, and just generally makes him self-conscious to the point of unhappiness. Oh what he wouldn't give to have a neck of average proportions...that is until he meets Cyrus, a turtle with a less than average length neck when compared to a giraffe. He very eloquently reminds Edward that his beautifully elongated neck permits him to do many things that he has to wait hours upon hours for, or even simply give up on, because there is no way possible for him to accomplish what he wishes without some added length. Each one ends up helping the other not only in their current endeavors, but in seeing the beauty that exists in themselves, and while they may be very different, those differences are what make them special.
A great read for all ages and a wonderful reminder that no two are exactly alike, and that's PERFECT. How boring the world would be if we all looked the same, talked the same, and so on...not to mention, no one would be able to reach that banana tree!
About the author....
Jory John is the author of the picture books Penguin Problems, I Will Chomp You!, Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already! He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among many other books. He is a former writing instructor at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco. Jory now lives in Oregon.
Special thanks to Emily at Random House Children's Books for the copy for review as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!