Long and narrow

Three picture books, all about animals who are long and narrow.

Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, Boa's Bad Birthday

It’s poor Boa’s birthday and all he wants is a nice present or two. But can he play the piano? No. Or wear mittens? Sunglasses? It’s the thought that counts, according to his mum. But he’s still disappointed. Until one friend gives him something… Boa’s Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross is as enjoyable as you’d expect. Jeanne knows how to convey feelings with just a few words. And a boa with tears in his eyes? Well.

Sofie Laguna and Craig Smith, Where Are You, Banana?

In Where Are You, Banana? Roddy somehow loses his dog called Banana (dachshund, I’d say). The family look everywhere, but no Banana. Not until Roddy hears a noise and looks more closely so he can see where Banana has disappeared. How to get Banana back, though? Lovely story by Sofie Laguna, and great illustrations by Craig Smith, which convey a boy’s love for what is actually a fairly ugly dog.

Dianne Hofmeyr and Jane Ray, Zeraffa Giraffa

Finally we have the true story of the giraffe in Africa who became a gift for the King of France. The book follows Zeraffa’s journey from Egypt to Paris, a trip where everyone comes to see this strange animal as it passes through. They all love Zeraffa, and none more than the Princess in Paris. And on warm evenings, if he looked south, Zeraffa could almost imagine himself back in Egypt.

Rather sad, really, and so strange you would barely believe it actually happened. Exotic illustrations by Jane Ray accompany Dianne Hofmeyr’s words.

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4 responses to “Long and narrow

  1. Thank you very much Bookwitch for putting up Zeraffa Giraffa on your Blog and yes Jane’s illustrations are truly wonderfully exotic. Since you are also a Swedish Bookwitch just to let you know the book is already out in Swedish published by Hjulet (also Danish publisher Klematis) and is hopefully in the bookshops there.

  2. I was a little skeptical about grouping books together based on the shape of an object in them when I saw the title of this post however they all look great.

  3. Thanks, Dianne.

    Muttering, sometimes I can’t use a whole blog post for just one picture book. So I spread them out and try to find something a few books have in common. I thought snake, banana, dachshund, giraffe was brilliant!

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