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By Rebecca Bender & Rebecca Bender

Giraffe and Bird

The side-splittingly funny un-friendship story with a new title in a new format for younger readers.

Giraffe doesn’t like Bird, not even a little bit, and the feeling is mutual. 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, expressive wordplay, and laugh-out-loud storytelling, award-winning author-illustrator Rebecca Bender delivers an odd-couple tale that is anything but your average friendship story. Satisfyingly un-sweet and uproariously irreverent, Giraffe and Bird invites thoughtful discussion about children’s relationships with each other—though first you’ll have to wait for the laughter to stop.

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Ages 3-6
ISBN: 978-1-77278-105-2
List Price: $19.95 CAD / $17.95 USD
Hardback with soft-to-touch book & reinforced binding
Trim Size: 7.36 x 9.00 inches / 18.70456 x 22.86cm
Pages: 32

Distributed in Canada by University of Toronto Press

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Carton Quantity: 30

About this book

Awards and Honours

  • 2017 Best Books for Kids and Teens selection (Commended) (Canada)
  • 2012 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award (Winner) (Canada)
  • 2011 2011 CBA Libris Award for Children's Book of the Year (Short-listed) (Canada)
  • 2011 SYRCA Shining Willow Award (Short-listed) (Canada)



About Giraffe and Bird

2012 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Winner

2011 CBA Libris Award for Children’s Book of the Year shortlist

2011 SYRCA Shining Willow Award shortlist

2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens selection


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