Synopses & Reviews
In this mischievously funny picture book, friends come in all shapes and sizes.
In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin:
- Birthday parties
- Going to the movies
- Playing at the park
- Hide and Seek
- Everything else
Yes, that's right. Giraffes ruin everything.
But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he'll find giraffes aren't so bad after all...
It’s hard to believe that there’s anything worse that having to hang out with a younger sibling but Schulz (Hook’s Revenge) and Robertson (Little Miss Liberty) have found it: a giraffe. Their redheaded narrator just can’t shake a pesky giraffe that is always in the way. “A giraffe will eat the ice cream right off your cone from half a block away” the boy notes as the giraffe uses its neck to be as intrusive as possible. “A giraffe will win at hide and seek” he continues startled out of a nap by the grinning animal. “Even if you are not playing.” But when the boy is himself accused of ruining everything and the giraffe bails him out he discovers a new reserve of empathy. In an age where hurling accusations about someone else’s shortcomings has become something of a social norm this is a gentle but firm reminder that patience and understanding have their rewards. Robertson’s easygoing cartooning with its hints of 1960s style animation makes it an easy lesson to learn. Ages 5–7. Author’s agent: Brooks Sherman Bent Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"A gentle but firm reminder that patience and understanding have their rewards. Robertson's easygoing cartooning, with its hints of 1960s-style animation, makes it an easy lesson to learn." Publishers Weekly
"A heartwarming lesson of learning to understand and accept friends as they are....This cute offering about friendship is a solid choice for storytime and individual sharing." School Library Journal
"Bright digital illustrations enliven this cheeky tale. A young child learns to navigate the nuances of social relationships, with help from a spotted, lanky friend." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
New York Times Bestselling author Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, co-captaining a crew made of their teen daughter, four hermit crabs, and a terrible little dog. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, Hook’s Revenge, published by Disney•Hyperion, was a Bank Street Best book, among the New York Public Library’s Top 100 Titles for Children in 2014, and an OCTE Oregon Spirit Honor Book. A sequel, Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code, was published in September 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, Giraffes Ruin Everything, in August.
Chris Robertson is an author/illustrator of Children's Picture Books. His most recent book is Giraffes Ruin Everything from Bloomsbury and is set for an August '16 release....Chris's other books include Harry and the Hot Lava, My Yellow Umbrella, I'll Trade My Peanut-Butter Sandwich, and Little Miss Liberty. Chris's whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree which seems to perfectly match his humorous writing style.