Oh Dear, Geoffrey!

Geoffrey the gangly giraffe has trouble making friends due to his clumsiness. He slips, stumbles, and splashes his way through the African Savannah. He has to stoop to meet the meerkats, elephants, and other animals who are all much shorter than he is. “Oh dear, Geoffrey,” is repeated various times. He is fed up. Then, some young monkeys ask for help getting to the top of the tree where he also befriends a group of birds who have been following him all along. Geoffrey realizes that he can make friends by standing tall and being himself. The author uses onomatopoetic language and a hint of humor to narrate this story. Gouache and collage illustrations help bring Geoffrey’s adorable awkwardness to life. jjr
Title: Oh Dear, Geoffrey!
Author: Gemma O’Neill
Illustrator
: Gemma O’Neill
Publisher
: Templar
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-6659-0
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Africa
Author’s residence
: Ireland
Subjects
: African Savannah, Animals, Giraffes

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