Giraffe is bored and decides to write a letter to anyone who Pelican can find over the African horizon. In fact, Pelican is pretty bored too and can use some excitement. Giraffe’s letter makes its way into the hands (or flippers) of Penguin who immediately writes back. Commence an endearing pen pal relationship as the two animals attempt to better understand each other and grow a new and comical friendship.
Geared toward high-level first grade readers to lower-level fourth grade readers, Yours Sincerely, Giraffe is a sweet and playful story about friendship, connection, differences, and learning. I laughed out loud as Penguin tries to find Whale’s neck and as they attempt to look like each other. Littler kids can enjoy the human-like and relatable qualities of the animals. Takabatake’s illustrations are simple and clean, helping to support Iwasa’s endearing text. Unfortunately I empathized with Giraffe, finding myself slightly bored. While Yours Sincerely, Giraffe is a great beginning reader chapter book, I found the plot a bit tedious and scattered in regards to each animal’s personal story. As a side note, this title was originally published in Japanese.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC/Gecko Press for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa and illustrated by Jun Takabatake (Gecko Press, 2017)