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"Pardon?"Said the Giraffe [Paperback]

Colin West
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9 April 2001
This jungle tale reads as a long joke, furnished with a punch line. Designed for young readers, a simple scenario is established, and the repetitive text builds up to the end twist. The story features an inquisitive frog who wants to know what it's like up where the giraffe is.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744582571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744582574
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 18.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Join the jungle fun in this series of delightfully simple and surprising tales for early readers. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Colin West enjoys working on all types of book, including poetry and story books and has been described by The Good Book Guide as “the most consistently good poet of the absurd for children since Edward Lear.” Colin lives in Epping, Essex in a house that was once a laundry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colin West produces another great story 15 Oct 2009
with a twist in the tale!

Simple but appealing paperback covers open to 24 high quality shiny pages, in the popular 2-page spread format....with a note about the origin of the story from the author, on the very last page.
With pastel illustrations throughout, this book is further enhanced by meaningful facial expressions - the eyes have it - and repeat elements!
Clear, easy-to-follow text....enhanced in places....FOR EFFECT!

Example of text:-

' "What's it like up there?" asked the frog
as he hopped on the ground.
"Pardon?" said the giraffe.
"What's it like up there?" asked the frog
as he hopped on the lion.......'

to gain a little more height. But the response from the polite giraffe is the same....

...and so the story carries on, with the rather abrupt frog enlisting the help of a couple of even bigger gain even more height more of the very polite giraffe is revealed on the right hand page!

However........when the frog finally reaches his goal, something happens to bring him back down to earth with a bump!

In my experience, this book has proved quite NOISY in the reading corner, as the youngest listeners join in with the repeat phrases and our improvisation of putting a hand to an ear, to accompany "Pardon?"!
It has also proved useful in further discussion with the scanning of the simple illustrations for feelings, clues to the outcome and the moral!
Extension artwork exercises have proved 'interesting' in terms of the size of the various characters, but the very polite giraffe is definitely the favourite!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pardon? 25 Mar 2003
This is a lovely, colourful book, with a fun, easy to follow narrative. We borrowed it from the library, read it about 3 times a day for a month, and then my daughter cried when it went back. When her copy turned up yesterday she was delighted. Read it 3 times last evening!
Lots of fun, and will encourage your toddler to want to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pardon said the Giraffe 27 Jun 2010
A much loved story from my childrens childhood. Second copy I have bought recently for friends children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 Oct 2013
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We have used this before and the children love the story. they are well presented and easy to read with the children thanks
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