Giraffe Problems

Giraffe Problems


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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?

Edward 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524772031
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 42
Sales rank: 35,289
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

JORY JOHN is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient. Jory's previous collaboration with Lane Smith was the national bestselling picture book, Penguin Problems, an Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection. Jory's work also includes the award-winning Goodnight Already! series, the bestselling Terrible Two series, the national bestseller All my friends are dead, and the recent picture books I Will Chomp You!Quit Calling Me a Monster! and The Bad Seed, among many other books for both children and adults. He lives and works in Oregon. Find out more at

LANE SMITH (also the illustrator of Penguin Problems) has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, including Grandpa Green, which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book; It's a Book, which has been translated into over twenty-five languages; and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! Four of his books have been New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year. In 2012 the Eric Carle Museum named him an Honor Artist for "lifelong innovation in the field of children's books." In 2014 he received the Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. Lane and book designer Molly Leach live in rural Connecticut. Visit him on the Web at

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WhisperingStories 13 days ago
Edward the giraffe hates his neck. It is too long, too bendy, too narrow, too stretchy, and too patterned. He believes he has a neck only a mother could love. He doesn’t like the other animals staring at his neck and he tries to hide in objects, with scarves, behind trees, etc. One day Edward meets Cyrus the turtle. Cyrus loves Edward’s neck and wishes his was long then he could do so much rather than being nearly neckless. When Cyrus has a dilemma he would like Edward to help him with, Edward realises that his neck might not be that bad after all. Have you ever looked at yourself or a part of your body and wished it was different. Maybe a smaller nose or bigger eyes? Wished you were taller or shorter? Then you are just like Edward the giraffe. You might not realise it but every bit of you that you wish you could change there is someone else out there wishing they could be just like you. Do you want to have bigger feet? Another child might wish they had smaller feet and be envious of your feet, just as you are of their bigger ones. Giraffe Problems is about learning to love the bits of you that you don’t particularly like. It is a beautiful book told in a humorous way. Some pages you read normally, others you have to turn the book sideways to read, there is even a page that opens out so you can see just how long Edward’s neck is. The book is exquisitely illustrated and the animals look amazing and very eye-catching. The plot is superb and hopefully, it will make children understand that it is good to be different and to appreciate what body they have.