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 Edward 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.
Nora Ephron felt bad about her neck, and Edward the giraffe feels bad about his, too. "Yes, my neck is too necky. Everybody stares at it," he sighs. He confesses to embarrassment ("I've tried hiding it away") and compares his neck to others' ("Take a gander at this zebra's neck. Stripes always look good"). Cyrus, a turtle, has almost no neck at all, but he also feels bad: "I've felt like such a fool as I stretched my neck toward those greedy branches, only to be limited by my own physical shortcomings." It's easy for Edward to retrieve the banana Cyrus has been eyeing for days, a moment that warrants a vertical gatefold, and being able to help Cyrus gives Edward more satisfaction than all the empty reassurance he's been offered. In this follow up to Penguin Problems, Smith (Grandpa Green) uses earth-toned greens, golds, and browns to create all kinds of brushy, stroked, veined, and lined textures, and his characters' black eyes convey a wealth of emotions. Lighthearted palaver by John (The Bad Seed) flows effortlessly, and the pair's courtly manners ("That means a great deal to me, Edward") are sure to garner laughs as their shared dismay rings true. Ages 3 7. , Correction: A previous version of this review switched the characters' names.