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on 15 October 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 friends.........to gain even more height .........as 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!

One title of a seemingly under-exposed series by this super author/illustrator which includes:-

"Not me," said the Monkey
"Have You Seen the Crocodile?"
"Go tell it to the toucan!"
"Hello, great big bullfrog!"
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on 25 March 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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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 3 September 2015
This won't be for everyone - it's a very short picture book, that looks too simple for preschoolers, but actually, it's very funny and perfect for them. My four-year-old finds this series hilarious.

The repetition makes it funny. A frog is trying to ask the giraffe a question, but she's so tall she can't see or hear him. He jumps repeatedly onto taller animals in order to get closer - but it doesn't work out!

We both laughed at the end, and I know that he'll want to read it again, gleefully anticipating the punchline.

I like the comic-style illustrations, the repetition, the chance to do silly animal voices. It's a short bedtime read, but enjoyable.
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on 27 June 2010
A much loved story from my childrens childhood. Second copy I have bought recently for friends children.
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on 29 May 2011
I bought this book for my grandson aged 20 months, mainly because he loves books and is very into giraffes at the moment. I knew nothing about it, but decided it was not expensive,so worth the risk. He adores it. The story is unusual and funny, and the pictures are beautiful. Treat someone small to this book....it's wonderful.
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on 14 May 2012
this book has been a sensation with both my grandsons, aged between 20 months and two years. but be prepared - you may need to read it again and again! the illustrations provide plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions with the boys about the animals and what is happening and why. an excellent buy
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on 12 June 2015
This has been my little boy's favourite book for the past three months. He's 21 months now and only seems to like it more the older he gets. I know it off by heart. Lovely pictures and plenty to talk about together, where is this animal, what noise does that one make, etc.
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on 13 February 2015
Worst kids story ever! My daughter and I were left looking at each other very puzzled when we finished reading this. Amazing what gets published these days.
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on 3 June 2012
A clasroom must have ! a nice , polite ,colorful book that children like to explore on their own as much as with the teacher.
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on 23 October 2013
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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