Giraffe Problems
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?Cyrus 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.

Giraffe Problems Details

TitleGiraffe Problems
Author
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524772048
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals

Giraffe Problems Review

  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    We have been dealing with the "grass is always greener" life lesson at home this week so this book was perfect.
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    Like Nora Ephron, Cyrus the giraffe feels bad about his neck. Yeah, he's a giraffe but he wants nothing to do with his super long neck. When he meets a new little friend in the form of a turtle, Cyrus realizes that having a super long neck is actually quite a good thing. This is a sweet story about how friends bring out the best of us and how important self-acceptance is. As many of you know, I have toddler twins and thank goodness, they love books! Story time is a big deal in our house and this Like Nora Ephron, Cyrus the giraffe feels bad about his neck. Yeah, he's a giraffe but he wants nothing to do with his super long neck. When he meets a new little friend in the form of a turtle, Cyrus realizes that having a super long neck is actually quite a good thing. This is a sweet story about how friends bring out the best of us and how important self-acceptance is. As many of you know, I have toddler twins and thank goodness, they love books! Story time is a big deal in our house and this is such a perfect book. Between the good messages, the sweet friendship, and the great illustrations, this book has quickly become a bedtime story favorite in our household. There is always something more to talk about when reading the book and it's become a great jumping off point for having age appropriate discussions about self-acceptance and being a good friend.This is a wonderful story and it got thumbs up from my whole family!
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  • Giselle Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Another super adorable children's book bu Jory John! I do like Penguin Problems better but just barely.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Giraffe who is self-conscious about his long neck makes friends with a trutle who is equally self-conscious about his short neck. A thoroughly enjoyable follow up to Penguin Problems.
  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/gi...Giraffe ProblemsBy Jory JohnIllustrated by Lane SmithISBN: 9781524772048Author Website: joryjohn.com and lanesmithbooks.comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroReview: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 s http://openbooksociety.com/article/gi...Giraffe ProblemsBy Jory JohnIllustrated by Lane SmithISBN: 9781524772048Author Website: joryjohn.com and lanesmithbooks.comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroReview: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.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Aeicha
    January 1, 1970
    Poor Cyrus the giraffe has a big problem: his neck! It’s just too long, too odd, too necky. And no amount of ties, bow ties, scarves, or hiding helps. But an unexpected conversation and new friendship with a turtle may just have Cyrus seeing his neck in a whole new way.  Jory John’s Giraffe Problems is a cleverly funny and endearingly uplifting picture book. Little readers will be charmed by Cyrus’ laugh-out-loud predicament and Jory John’s precocious and amusingly posh text. Lane Smith wonderfu Poor Cyrus the giraffe has a big problem: his neck! It’s just too long, too odd, too necky. And no amount of ties, bow ties, scarves, or hiding helps. But an unexpected conversation and new friendship with a turtle may just have Cyrus seeing his neck in a whole new way.  Jory John’s Giraffe Problems is a cleverly funny and endearingly uplifting picture book. Little readers will be charmed by Cyrus’ laugh-out-loud predicament and Jory John’s precocious and amusingly posh text. Lane Smith wonderfully brings Cyrus and the turtle to life through engaging illustrations and masterfully creates great movement and textures. With pages of humor, a sweet message, and lovely illustrations, Giraffe Problems is sure to be a bedtime hit!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Cyrus the giraffe does not like his long neck. He does his best to hide or disguise it. He admires the other animal's necks and gets more discouraged with his own. He meets Edward the turtle who is also down about his small neck. He shares the problems he has and admires Cyrus's neck.Together they discover they're just right as they are.Use to talk about finding positives in how we look and act.
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  • Becca
    January 1, 1970
    Giraffes are having a moment (also published this summer: Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly and Neck and Neck by Elise Parsley) and this is by far my favorite of the bunch. I also liked it a lot more than Penguin Problems. Bonus points for the has-to-be intentional Nora Ephron shout out of the very first line: "I feel bad about my neck."
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Edward the giraffe and Cyrus the turtle bond of their dislike of their own necks. Edward's neck to just far too....necky, and Cyrus's neck is almost non-existent! Can they learn to accept themselves as they are? Love this! It is really funny and sweet and has great illustrations.
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    Another delightful offering, this one about the one thing we feel soon self-conscious about. Little children and adults will be able to relate! Highly recommended for all babies and pre-schoolers, even grade schoolers.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    HA! This one leaves me laughing. Edward, the giraffe, does NOT like his neck. He fails to see anything positive about it until he meets Cyrus, the turtle. Their unlikely friendship is a reminder of how important it is to like ourselves and focus on the positive. AND it's funny!
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  • Laura Weakland
    January 1, 1970
    A great story for kids on the importance of overlooking our self-perceived physical shortcomings and being content and grateful with what we have.
  • Syntha Green
    January 1, 1970
    Entertaining companion to Penguin Problems.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Really good message and creative but it feels like a one and done.
  • Marcie
    January 1, 1970
    I love using Penguin Problems to talk about optimism and pessimism and now can use this with 5th graders again to think about point of view. Very clever and fun!
  • Amanda Zirn
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious and so cute. I love the message!
  • Michelle Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Themes: liking yourself, giraffes, turtle
  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    At first I wasn't sure I would like it, however, it has a nice ending. It is refreshing and comforting
  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    So. Much. Cute.
  • Brittany Cavness
    January 1, 1970
    What a great story!
  • Dreaday
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this was extremely cute! Very silly and sweet. Better than the first, “Penguin Problems.”
  • Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
    January 1, 1970
    Cute illustrations, and a wonderful message make this a book worth picking up when it's released later this month.
  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    Very wordy, hip, and funny picture book about a giraffe who feels self-conscious about his long neck.
  • Stefanie Kellum
    January 1, 1970
    *I read a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.
  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    From the pair that did Penguin Problems. Another fun story to share with kids to think about perspective.
  • Bridget Neace
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, I liked this so much MORE than "Penguin Problems." Really enjoyed this one. :)
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    So perfect! The message is strong and beautifully integrated the illustrations are delightful. *I received a digital ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss.
  • Melisande
    January 1, 1970
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