Giraffes? Giraffes!

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For many years the scientific and educational communities have wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar-pretenders would find the means to publish a series of reference books aimed at children but filled with ludicrous misinformation. These books would be distributed through respectable channels and would inevitably find their ways into the hands and households of well-meaning families, who would go to them for facts but instead find bizarre untruths. The books would look normal enough, ...

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Overview

For many years the scientific and educational communities have wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar-pretenders would find the means to publish a series of reference books aimed at children but filled with ludicrous misinformation. These books would be distributed through respectable channels and would inevitably find their ways into the hands and households of well-meaning families, who would go to them for facts but instead find bizarre untruths. The books would look normal enough, but would read as if written by people who have eaten too many lead-based paint chips. Giraffes? Giraffes! is the first in a proposed series of 377 reference books, all written by a couple now getting their chance to twist and tickle the brains of the impressionable. The book puts forth the following novel theories: that giraffes were not part of any evolutionary chain, but came here from Neptune, by way of very long (but convenient and fast) escalators; that giraffes are expert dancers, but become angry if asked about their dancing; that giraffes control over 90 percent of what we see in mirrors; and that the Giraffe navy is as strong as ever, contrary to recent claims in the popular press.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932416978
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: HOW
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 12.12 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Dr. Doris is aided in her work by her husband, Benny, and her unpaid research assistants, Dave and Toph Eggers. Haggis-On-Whey titles are produced by Brutus Blue Publishing Force, a division of McSweeney┬╣s Publishing, which is located on Earth. The authors┬╣ profits from these titles will go to support 826 Valencia, in San Francisco, California, and 826NYC, in Brooklyn, New York. These non-profit centers offer tutoring, field trips, in-school projects with local schools, writing workshops, ESL programs, and scholarships.
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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this series by Dave Eggers

    If you love random wit, and an expansive world of school textbook parody, this is your book. The writing genius Dave Eggers puts these books together with his brother, ghost-writing under the names Doris and Benny Haggis-on-Whey, fictional "experts" on science who have written this "textbook" to share their knowledge with generations to come.

    This book, dedicated to the secret world of giraffes, is probably my favorite in the series, just ahead of "Your Disgusting Head." (pun intended)

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

    best animal book ever

    This is the greatest animal book ever written--and I have read them all. It unlocks the mysteries of the enigmatic and much maligned giraffe species in easy to read, but scientifically focused detail. It tackles Intelligent Design, Mirror Theory, and interplanetary evolution with great elan and aplomb. After reading this book, I decided to apply to veterinary school. I did not get in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    WICKED AWESOME FUN MAN!

    This book changed my life in ways I could never even imagine possible. Thank you again and again Haggis-On-Whey. Thank you from the bottom of my chinchilla-breeding heart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Giraffes are so intriguing!

    When my eyes first caught sight of this interesting book, i did not quite know what to expect. But once i picked it up and leafed through its many quirky pages of random 'facts'I just couldn't put it down!A must read if you appreciate corny humor!

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    Posted January 2, 2010

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