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Paula Green, Poetry Box

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

$19.99

This international bestseller is an absurd and endearing story about an African giraffe and his pen pal, a penguin.

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  • Product Description

    Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal—Penguin.

    Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck?

    And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon.


  • Book Details

    Reader Age 5-7 year, 6-8 year
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  • Reviews

    1. :

      This Japanese import will charm beginning readers who enjoy a bit of witty humor with their animal adventures. The pen-and-ink illustrations are simple yet have a Quentin Blake feel that rounds out the characters and their quirky behaviors.

    2. :

      The line drawing illustrations perfectly complement the text which is made up of short chapters and letters. This is a fun story about friendship and also a nice introduction to the art of letter writing.

    3. :

      This is a rare book: joyful, ingenuous, playfully earnest, but without a whiff of studied cuteness.

    4. :

      The combination of short narrative, dialogue, letters, and humorous pen-and-ink drawings is a winning one.

    5. :

      This went down an absolute treat for my 5 year old nephew (an instant demand to read it again as soon as it was finished is always a winner) and I have to say it warmed my heart for the ten minutes I decided to indulge my inner child as well. Simple but a winner.

    6. :

      With beautifully simple illustrations and a hope-filled ending, it is an ideal introduction to Japanese literature.

    7. :

      This is a charming and delightful story.

    8. :

      This humorous story is generously illustrated with simple line drawings of the animals and of their letters… Well done to Gecko Press for making this much loved Japanese book available to Kiwi kids.

    9. :

      I’ve never met a Gecko Press book I didn’t like. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe is no exception.

    10. :

      This book is really funny, as it’s hard to imagine someone you’ve never seen! Giraffe has to do some detective work – what does Penguin look like?

    11. :

      I loved the simple yet elegant style of illustration. It made me smile when Giraffe imagined what Penguin would look like, I really liked the little squares by each chapter title which contained a drawing involving an element of what happened in that chapter.

    12. :

      A cute story of friendship and curiosity as well as a celebration of differences.

    13. :

      A lovely story such as this, presented so well, is the kind of book to set a pre-teen youngster on a lifelong romance with books and literature.

    14. :

      Yours sincerely, Giraffe was a lovely book to read. I’d happily recommend, not just for the intended audience but anybody who’d like a sweet story about friendship.

    15. :

      Japanese author Megumi Iwasa has written a clever and witty tale, translated by award-winning translator Cathy Hirano, that is both absurd and endearing. The humorous misinterpretations are hilarious.


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