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Emily the Giraffe

Emily the Giraffe

by Pascal Lemaitre

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Emily takes maximum advantage of her unusual anatomy, turning somersaults to regale her friends, lowering her neck to serve as a diving board, and using her variegated back as a chess board. When offered a trip north she puts her talents to new uses, becoming a chimney sweep and a circus performer. Still, she is happy to return to her friends in the jungle when given passage back as a reward for rescuing a child from a high-rise fire. Although initially appealing, the concept behind this slight story quickly becomes repetitive and wears thin; unlike another transplant from the tropics, the insatiably Curious George, Emily has little personality (except for a bland, all-inclusive friendliness) and her adventures lack punch. She is depicted in watercolors that are cheery but, again, somewhat repetitive; with her wide, lash-framed eyes, Emily may be too cartoony a figure for some tastes. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Stuart Miller
This tale about an African giraffe named Emily is vaguely reminiscent of the Curious George stories. Like George, Emily is curious about things. Unlike George, Emily is not mischievous; in fact, she never gets in trouble. When Emily is accidentally "netted" by a visiting butterfly collector, he apologizes by inviting her to come to his homeland. She accepts his invitation, and has many exciting adventures, including working as a chimney sweep, a circus performer, and a seaside vendor, and she even saves a little girl and her teddy bear from a burning building. When the king hears of her bravery, he decides to reward her by granting her whatever she wishes. Emily, who, despite her adventures, misses all her animal friends, decides she really wants to go home, and she does. The story is gently playful, the watercolors are attractive and mildly humorous, and Emily is a cheerful heroine, but nothing about this book really stands out--even though Lemaitre tries hard, there's no sparkle, no "zing." Still, it's a pleasant enough story for the younger set, and one that libraries with large children's collections will probably want to acquire.

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Hyperion Books for Children
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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