At first, I was not sure if I would like Giraffe Problems by Jory John. But because I usual do enjoy Lane Smith’s illustrations, I thought it would be something to attempt. The fact I was not sure I was going to like the book is the fact the story has been done before and there was nothing really fresh about it. However, while I am not “jumping up and down” over the story the ending is refreshing and comforting.
The giraffe of the story is always complaining how being a giraffe is horrible. His long neck is not attractive. It is hard to decorate it (bow ties look funny) and he is sure that the other animals are so much better than he is. That is, until he meets a special person (or should say turtle) that just might show him that sometimes turtles (and people) need the special talents that a long neck provides.
The story is basic one about friendship and just because you are different that does not mean you do not have something to give to others. The theme of “being yourself” and “loving yourself” will do well with the current social feelings. And while the ending was obvious, the way that John presented it was the saving feature. Lane’s illustrations will probably make or break the story for most people. Fans will of course love them but if you are not a fan or if this is the first time you are viewing his work it might not be for you.