There's a Giraffe in My Soup

 
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There's a Giraffe in My Soup
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
February 23, 2016
ISBN
9780062360144

What if you found a giraffe in your soup, an alligator in your entreé, an elephant on the table, or even an ostrich in your dish? In this debut picture book from author-illustrator Ross Burach, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant! Jam-packed with adorable illustrations and an assortment of animal puns, this kid-friendly story is sure to delight fans of books by Jon Klassen and Oliver Jeffers!

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Pure Silliness
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Giraffe! Walrus! Ostrich! Snake! These are just a few of the animals that are accidentally served to a young boy when he goes to a fine restaurant for dinner. A playful take on the “there’s a hair in my soup” joke, this book ups the ante, demonstrating how disruptive it would be to have an elephant in one’s soup, especially if she doesn’t know how to swim! The clever twist at the end of the book is sure to earn a grin or two, if not an outright giggle.

Burach’s illustrations are expressive and outrageous, lending themselves well to the ridiculous premise of the story. At times, his writing felt distracting to me. Enough words and phrases rhymed that I found myself wanting to read in rhythm, but since the rest of the text did not lend itself well to this, I found both silent and out-loud reading to be somewhat halting.

This book is especially well suited to a preschool audience, and with some dynamic and dramatic reading, children will love the silliness and humor of the book. This would be a good lighthearted text to supplement a theme about restaurants, zoos, wild animals, or food. Though this is not the most memorable book I have read recently, it is worth a read.
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Funny story with a clever twist at the end.

Bright, amusing illustrations.
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Cute and funny
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I really enjoyed reading it to the kids and I liked all the hilarious animal puns. I think the illustrations are very nice and kid-friendly. The animals were drawn in a whimsical way that is obviously very appealing to kids. As far as the story goes, it's very straightforward and is supposed to be humorous. The kid is just trying to get a good meal and he keeps getting served various animals by mistake. It's all pretty funny and we got a few good laughs out of it.
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