KidStreet Reviews: Don’t Laugh at Giraffe.

In 2012, The Word On The Street is excited have the lovely 5-year-old Sienna reading and reviewing some of the titles being featured on our KidStreet stages at this year’s Festival! To learn more about Sienna, click here to read her first blog post.

Today, Sienna is reviewing Don’t Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender. This book is about Giraffe and Bird. They make an odd pair. All they do is spat, squabble and get on each other’s nerves. In the morning, Bird uses his loudest outdoor voice, so giraffe makes a disgusting noise as he clears his phlegmy throat, so Bird tickles his neck, and…well, you get the picture. There’s nothing Bird likes more than to have a laugh at the expense of his lanky friend, and one dry day at the pond, he gets his chance. Giraffe’s awkward attempt to reach the water without getting his hooves wet raises a cackle from a flamingo, a chortle from the zebra, then a howl from the hippo. Soon everyone is having a good laugh…especially Bird. In fact, Bird is having a ball until he realizes that his mortified friend has left the pond without quenching his thirst. Now Bird is sorry. How will he get giraffe back?

Q & A with Sienna:

1) In your own words, what is this book about?

A bird and a giraffe are best friends, but they get on each other’s nerves all the time. The giraffe is trying to have a drink from a lake but the water is low and he can’t reach it. The bird and other animals, a zebra, hippo and flamingo all laugh at him which makes him nervous and his knees shake, and he falls into the water. The giraffe is really sad and the bird feels bad for laughing. The bird decides to make everyone laugh at him instead by tweeting and fluttering around. This makes the giraffe feel much better and he finally gets a drink. They are best friends.

2) What do you like about this book?

Even though it’s a bit sad at first, it’s really funny. And of course it has a zebra in it, and that’s my favourite!

3) What is your favourite part of the story?

I really liked when the giraffe was jumping in the lake and is going to land on the bird. He’s even wearing goggles!

4) What do you like about the illustrations?

They are funny and bright. It makes me want to turn the page to see what’s next.

5) Why should kids read this book?

It’s sad when the other animals laugh at him, but his friend makes him feel better. Kids should read it and then help their friends even if other kids are laughing at them. You should always try to be good to your friends and help them when they’re sad.

6) If you could ask a question of the author or illustrator, what would it be?

Why is the giraffe afraid to get his feet wet? I LOVE to swim! Is it really hard to write a story and draw all the pictures?

Thanks Sienna! Rebecca Bender will be reading in the Children’s Reading Tent at 12:30. Sienna will be reviewing more books that are featured in KidStreet this year, so make sure to keep checking back!

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