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I could have used this picture book when I was a kid! My family moved a lot and the growing pains of finding my way in a totally new school are perfectly (and hilariously…and poignantly) described by Lilly’s Geraldine, a sweet, sassy giraffe whose family moves out of Giraffe City to a town where they are the only giraffes around. Suddenly, outgoing Geraldine feels like a stranger in her own skin. Until, that is, she makes a friend as unique as she is. Lilly’s attention to detail, both in her illustrations and in her story, is one-of-a-kind. I could study her Giraffe City pages alone for hours. Take a look for yourself! I promise, you’ll fall in love with Geraldine’s journey from outcast to sticking out in all her glory.— From Lillian
No, no, NO!
Geraldine is NOT moving.
Not to this new town where she’s the only giraffe. Not to this new school where she has no friends. Not to this new place, where everyone only knows her as That Giraffe Girl.
But soon Geraldine meets Cassie, a girl who is just as much of an outcast as she is, and as time goes by, she realizes that being yourself and making one really good, unusual friend can help someone who literally stands out fit right in.
Together, Geraldine and Cassie play by their own rules.
*"A whimsical take on being the new kid in town; an excellent pick for storytimes or one-on-one sharing."—School Library Journal, starred review
*"Readers will fall in love with Geraldine in this stellar debut. Perfect for young giraffes—or children—who stand out in the very best of ways and just need to know they're all right exactly how they are."—Kirkus, starred review
*" 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."—Publishers Weekly, starred review