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Geraldine
Contributor(s): Lilly, Elizabeth
ISBN: 1626723591     ISBN-13: 9781626723597
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
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Annotation: Struggling to fit in as the only giraffe in a school of children, reluctant newcomer Geraldine meets fellow outcast Cassie and learns how to stand out by being herself, playing by her own rules and staying true to her unconventional new friend. A first picture book.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Giraffe; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Giraffes
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018094892
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.00" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Elizabeth Lilly is an author-illustrator, animator, and graphic designer. Elizabeth was a reading, doodling daydreamer in high school, and, unsure of her path, went to architecture school at Virginia Tech for college. Elizabeth graduated from college in May of 2014. She now makes her stories in a little old house in the little old city of Baltimore, Maryland. Geraldine is her debut picture book.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #3)

This funny, thoroughly accomplished debut opens with two words: "I'm moving." They're spoken by the title character while she swoons across her family's ottoman, and because Geraldine is a giraffe, her full-on melancholy mode is quite a spectacle. But while Geraldine may be a drama queen (even her mother says so), it won't take readers long to warm up to her. The move takes Geraldine from Giraffe City, where everyone is like her, to a new school, where everyone else is human. Suddenly, the former extrovert becomes "That Giraffe Girl," and all she wants to do is hide, which is pretty much impossible. "Even my voice tries to hide," she says, in the book's most poignant moment. "It's gotten quiet and whispery." Then she meets Cassie, who, though human, is also an outlier ("I'm that girl who wears glasses and likes MATH and always organizes her food"), and things begin to look up. Lilly's watercolor-and-ink drawings are as vividly comic and emotionally astute as her writing; just when readers think there are no more ways for Geraldine to contort her long neck, this highly promising talent comes up with something new. Ages 4–8. Agent:Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

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

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.