The Short Giraffe

The Short Giraffe

by Neil Flory, Mark Cleary
     
 

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Geri is the shortest giraffe in the herd, which causes all kinds of problems when Boba the baboon tries to take a photo. Can Geri stretch up tall enough to be in the picture? Or are the other giraffes looking at things from the wrong perspective? A very sweet story for preschoolers about difference and acceptance.

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Geri is the shortest giraffe in the herd, which causes all kinds of problems when Boba the baboon tries to take a photo. Can Geri stretch up tall enough to be in the picture? Or are the other giraffes looking at things from the wrong perspective? A very sweet story for preschoolers about difference and acceptance.

This is a fixed-format ebook, which preserves the design and layout of the original print book.

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Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
The giraffes are very excited to be photographed for posterity as “the tallest animals in the world.” The odd giraffe out, however, is Geri, “the shortest giraffe who ever lived,” who barely makes it into the shot. The conventional approach would have the larger giraffes shunning Geri, prompting him to earn their respect and thus ensure a happy ending. But debut talents Flory and Cleary, both advertising creatives, are thinking Management 101, not morality play, and so their story unfolds in a wholly refreshing manner. The full-size, toothy-grinned giraffes cheerily insist that Geri join them, and in a series of visually economic and gently slapstick scenes set against a Kraft paper–like backdrop, Geri is subjected to their ideas for bringing him “up to our level” (including filling him with helium). It takes a wise caterpillar to suggest the big guys rethink their approach. Simple and sunny, this story nonetheless makes it clear that “well-meaning” isn’t always enough—that if you believe the kid stays in the picture, then maybe it’s the picture that needs changing. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Boba the blue baboon comes to take a photo of the tallest animals in the world. Who might they be? Giraffes, of course, who are very excited about a photo op. But, there is a problem. His name is Geri, the shortest giraffe in the world and, as one might guess, he does not fit into the picture with his five taller giraffe friends. They try and try to find a way to move Geri up to their level. Stilts to make him taller cause him to crash. Stacking him on turtles cause him to fall off their rounded shells, hanging him from branches cause him to be upside down and filling him with helium cause him to float away. They finally run out of ideas when to everyone’s surprise, a small insect that is watching the whole fiasco, offers a solution. Finally, Boba takes the most perfect photo ever. This title is both a fun read-aloud and shared reading book. Lovely pastel illustrations in shades of green, pink, yellow, gold and tan on a beige background with text in white lettering lends itself to a soothing read, allowing the reader to focus on the humor in the story. Pastels are carried through to the book jacket and inside front cover designs. Eleven double-page spreads are found throughout the twenty-two glossy pages. Pages have no more than two sentences, with many having four to eight words. All the photos, including the final perfect one, are illustrated with a white border which give a real photo feel to the whole page and is a nice touch. The book gives off a special feel and will make readers feel special as well. Readers will love the small insect who knows that sometimes the best way up, is down. Applause, Applause. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid; Ages 2 to 5.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Caution: due to humor escalation, this is not a bedtime story. When a blue baboon arrives to photograph the tallest animals in the world, a quintet of goofy and multihued giraffes prepares a pose. When the animals realize that a sixth member, Geri, "the shortest giraffe who ever lived," won't fit in the frame, ridiculous attempts to raise him ensue. From stilts to filling Geri with helium, the resulting crashes are captured by baboon's photos and given running commentary by a wee caterpillar that ultimately solves the problem. Cleary's soft-hued, gentle cartoonlike illustrations magnify the silliness.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
A group of giraffes is known as a tower, but this tower of giraffes has a member who could live in a studio apartment, literally. Geri is short. For a giraffe, that can pose complications, especially when a group photo is being staged. To get Geri's mug in the group shot, his comrades try all manner of tricks. They try stilts, but there are balance issues. They try a stack of turtles, but there are balance issues, again. They try wings, but Geri makes like Icarus. They try helium, but you know what happens when the helium escapes. Springs look promising, but they are a little too springy. It comes down to a caterpillar—one of a collection of caterpillars, aka an army; perhaps he is AWOL from his unit, but at least he has a good idea: "Excuse me, giraffes, if I might say, instead of trying to get Geri UP to your height...wouldn't it be easier if you bent DOWN to his?" (Must have been the British army.) Cleary has staged the book on tawny brown paper—there are a couple of pages of sky blue, a nice, snappy contrast to the brown—which has a vibrantly colorful effect on the giraffes, which here look like a tower of Popsicles. The text is simple, carrying this plot that depends on an ability to see multiple perspectives with elegance. A genteel riot of laughs. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480475281
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
03/18/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
1,115,840
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Neil Flory is an art and creative director in the advertising industry. He lives in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
Mark Cleary is a graphic designer, web designer, advertising art director, photographer, and illustrator. He lives in Singapore.

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