April 26, 2018

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Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa | SLJ Review

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GirafferedstarIWASA, Megumi. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe. tr. from Japanese by Cathy Hirano. illus. by Jun Takabatake. 104p. ebook available. Gecko. Mar. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781927271889.
Gr 1-4 –An extremely bored giraffe becomes curious about what lies on the other side of the horizon and recruits a pelican to be his own personal courier. The pelican, equally bored and eager for new business, offers to travel anywhere and takes Giraffe’s letter far across the ocean to Whale Sea. A correspondence begins between Giraffe and a penguin. As the pen pals discover more about what it’s like on the other side of the horizon, each also ends up trying to solve the mystery of what the other animal looks like. The resulting letters and antics are humorous as the giraffe and the penguin imagine what life is like on opposite parts of the globe. 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. VERDICT A highly amusing early chapter book for readers who may also be learning the art of letter writing.–Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Library, CA

This review was published in the School Library Journal March 2017 issue.



  1. Yes! This book is also a great lead-in to discussions about role models, and how it’s hard to be what you can’t see.