By Jory John
Illustrated by Lane Smith
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro
In Giraffe Problems the reader gets an inside look at what it feels to have a long neck like Edward’s the giraffe. He tries everything to make it less noticeable from dressing his neck in ties and scarves to hiding behind palm trees and in the water. Something he doesn’t like is other animals staring at his neck. In Edward’s words, it is too long, bendy, narrow, dopey, patterned, stretchy, high, lofty, and necky. Edward wishes his neck were like the necks of other animals. But it isn’t until he meets Cyrus, the turtle, that he learns that there is more to his neck than what he thinks.
I loved this book! It is the perfect picture book that shows how to come to terms with what one might think as imperfections. Edward doesn’t like his neck because it is too long and Cyrus has problems of his own, but they both end up appreciating what they have and who they are once they meet and help each other out. My favorite illustration has to be of Edward sharing his bow ties with Cyrus.
Giraffe Problems is a great book to teach children about animals, the differences between them, and how they can use long or short necks to their advantage. It is a fun book and has great illustrations, perfect for a bedtime story and good read in general.