April 23, 2018

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Geraldine by Elizabeth Lilly | SLJ Review

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redstarLILLY, Elizabeth. Geraldine. illus. by Elizabeth Lilly. 40p. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter Bks. Jun. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781626723597.

K-Gr 2 –After Geraldine and her parents move, she realizes that she’s the only giraffe at her new school. Back in Giraffe City, she was happy-go-lucky Geraldine; here’s she’s “That Giraffe Girl.” Deflated, she withdraws until she befriends Cassie, another recent transplant. Both become more confident, and Geraldine is soon back to her vivacious self. Reminiscent of Quentin Blake’s art, the loose, expressive illustrations brim with drama; a floppy-necked Geraldine sags, sulks, and uses the schoolyard flag as a handkerchief. Debut picture book author Lilly understands childhood anxieties, and her honest but reassuring tale never sugarcoats the angst of feeling different. Even after making new friends, Geraldine confides, “People still look at me funny sometimes, and sometimes I want to hide, or go home, or cry.” However, the work ends on a cheery note that will resonate with readers. ­VERDICT A whimsical take on being the new kid in town; an excellent pick for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2018 issue.

Mahnaz Dar About Mahnaz Dar

Mahnaz Dar (mdar@mediasourceinc.com) is Assistant Managing Editor for Library Journal and School Library Journal and can be found on Twitter @DibblyFresh.

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