Giraffe and Bird

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Giraffe and Bird

By Rebecca Bender
Illustrated by Rebecca Bender
Picture Book Ages 3-5
ISBN: 978-1-77278-025-3
List Price: $17.95 CAD
Hardcover with padded cover & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 22.23 x 27.15 cm / 8.75 x 10.6875 inches
Pages: 32

Publication Date: April 17, 2017

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A sturdy, new trade edition of a laugh-out-loud classic

Rebecca Bender’s hilarious Giraffe and Bird was an instant classic when it was first published in 2011, selling 10,000 copies in Canada alone. Since then children and their parents have giggled their way through a sequel, Don’t Laugh at Giraffe (2012), and a prequel for younger readers, Giraffe Meets Bird (2015). Now, after several years out of print, the original story is rejoining its partners on the shelf in a sturdy, new trade edition with a padded cover.

Giraffe and Bird are not friends. Not even a little bit. The bird pesters the giraffe with his face-making, feather-pruning, and disgusting eating habits. The giraffe annoys the bird with his bad breath, ear-swatting, and lack of respect for personal space. Of course they are always fighting. Of course they would be better off without each other. Except, it turns out, maybe they wouldn’t be. With bold acrylic illustrations and laugh-out-loud storytelling, Rebecca Bender’s bestselling debut will continue to delight children, adults, and friends of all kinds.

Awards & Honours:
2017 Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
2012 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award winner
2011 SYRCA Shining Willow Award finalist
2011 CBA Libris Award for Children’s Book of the Year finalist

Reviews:
“It’s a book that a child is going to laugh out loud at when they see the illustrations. It’s a beautiful book, and I think that it’s one that is going to entice the reader to read more.”—Ken Setterington, CBC Childrens’ Book Panel

“Toronto author-illustrator Rebecca Bender has created a confident, colorful, and very funny picture book … A delightful debut.”—Quill and Quire

“An excellent beginning to what, hopefully, will be a long career in authoring and illustrating picture books … Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine

“The marriage of words and pictures here is perfect … Thoroughly charming.”—Canadian Childrens’ Book News

“This is a wonderful, humorous story about friendship … The characters are fully realized in their expressiveness, full of quirks that children will love.”—Resource Links

“A delightful romp.”—Blogcritics.org

“Sheer genius … Delightful … Giraffe and Bird gets my wholehearted recommend.”—Ten Stories Up

“A great debut … [Bender’s] characters are full of expression and humor, the text is fun and enlightening … This is a book I will return to again and again.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction