GERALDINE by Elizabeth Lilly
Kirkus Star


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Meet Geraldine, a boisterous, dramatic giraffe with a lanky, expressive neck, who is miserable about leaving her giraffe city for a town where she will be the only giraffe.

Rarely do picture books featuring life transitions—such as a new baby, moving, or the first day of school—depict them with such humor, poignancy, and believability. Hilarious yet heartwarming illustrations depict Geraldine in melodramatic poses, trying to run away and breaking her belongings to avoid packing. When she arrives at her new school (populated only by humans), her neck sticks out no matter what, foiling her attempts to play hide-and-seek, swim in the pool, and just blend in. That is, until she meets Cassie—a young girl of color who has her own distinctive traits that make her stand out, too. Together, they build trust, friendship, and confidence. With more than a little drama, lots of heart, and the most expressive neck in all of children’s literature, Geraldine learns to embrace her own uniqueness and that of her new friend, and soon her classmates do, too. Lilly’s bright, classic watercolors, brimming with whimsy and charm, create an immersive world full of details big and small. Readers will fall in love with Geraldine in this stellar debut.

Perfect for young giraffes—or children—who stand out in the very best of ways and just need to know they’re all right exactly how they are. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 26th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-62672-359-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Neal Porter/Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2018


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