Monday, September 24, 2018

GIRAFFE PROBLEMS by Jory John & Lane Smith / Blog Tour: Book Review #GiraffeProblems

Welcome to the next stop in the GIRAFFE PROBLEMS blog tour, hosted by Penguin Random House. Out TOMORROW, the creators of the popular children's book, Penguin Problems, are at it again. This time instead of penguins, readers will be falling in love with a giraffe.


By: Jory John 
Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Published by: Penguin Random House 
Released on: September 25th, 2018
Ages: 3 & up
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Rating: 5 Owlets 
A bound arc of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest 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.


A wonderful follow up to Penguin Problems, Jory and Lane have created another  memorable picture book with a message that readers of all ages can take to heart. You'll find that penguins aren't the only animals this picture book duo will have readers falling in love with. A giraffe and turtle are equally as cute. 

When a self conscious giraffe who feels his neck causes him problems, meets a turtle who is just a self conscious of his short neck, a story about perspective unfolds. What Cyrus the giraffe doesn't realize until he meets his new friend, is all the wonderful things his long neck allow him to do. This story is told in a way that even the youngest of readers can understand, and relate to. 

We loved this book. It's cute illustrations and wonderful message make this a book worthy of picking up. It's great for reading out loud at story time or during bedtime reading. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~