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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060256559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060256555
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Infectiously funny . . . a good nonsensical text and illustrations."

--' C

From the Back Cover

If you had a giraffe and he stretched another half . . . you would have a giraffe and a half.

And if you glued a rose to the tip of his nose . . .

And . . . if he put on a shoe and then stepped in some glue . . .

And if he used a chair to comb his hair . . .

And so it goes until . . . but that would be telling. Children will be kept in stitches until the very end, when the situation is resolved in the most riotous way possible.

Shel Silverstein's incomparable line drawings add to the hilarity of his wildly funny rhymes. Originally published in 1964, this tale is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary by bringing back its original cover art!


More About the Author

"And now, children, your Uncle Shelby is going to tell you a story about a very strange lion- in fact, the strangest lion I have ever met." So begins Shel Silverstein's very first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. It's funny and sad and has made readers laugh and think since it was published in 1963. It was followed the next year by three more books. The first of them, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy. Shel returned to humor the same year with A Giraffe and a Half, delighting readers with a most riotous ending. The third book in 1964 was Uncle Shelby's Zoo Don't Bump the Glump! and Other Fantasies, Shel's first poetry collection, and his first and only book illustrated in full color. It combined his unique imagination and bold brand of humor in this collection of silly and scary creatures. Shel's second collection of poems and drawings, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was published in 1974. His recording of the poems won him a Grammy for best Children's Album. In this collection, Shel invited children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible, from a hippopotamus sandwich to the longest nose in the world. With his next collection of poems and drawings, A Light in the Attic, published in 1981, Shel asked his readers to turn the light on in their attics, to put something silly in the world, and not to be discouraged by the Whatifs. Instead he urged readers to catch the moon or invite a dinosaur to dinner- to have fun! A Light in the Attic was the first children's book to break onto the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for a record-breaking 182 weeks. The last book that was published before his death in 1999 was Falling Up (1996). Like his other books, it is filled with unforgettable characters. Shel Silverstein's legacy continued with the release of a new work,Runny Babbit, the first posthumous publication conceived and completed before his death and released in March 2005. Witty and wondrous, Runny Babbit is a poetry collection of simple spoonerismsH, which twist the tongue and tease the mind. Don't Bump the Glump! And Other Fantasies was recently reissued in 2008 after being unavailable for over 30 years. Shel was always a believer in letting his work do the talking for him--few authors have ever done it better.

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It's one of our favorite books to read at night!
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Love Shel Silverstein and this was a great addition to my collection!
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This is a great book, lots of fun to read to and with your kids.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
One of the best children's books I've read. The rhymes are contagious. The story slides off your tongue as you read it. Children are taken with it. And then we create the game of adding new verses and rhymes for the giraffe, and a half.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Giraffe and a half is great for kids that love repetition. Your child could learn to memorize better with this book. I really love this book and I would recommend getting other Shel Silverstein books because I have the whole collection.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein is the bomb. We give it five thumbs up. It is a story that could go on forever. It is great, funny, exciting and makes you laugh. We recommend the book to everyone, even old people. It will make them laugh. We want all of Shel's books so we can read them everyday. They're books you want to keep forever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"A giraffe and a Half" By Shel Silverstein is an amazing book, especially for kids. I loved when my mom read it to me as a child or when I read it becuase it was always fun to see what came next. Sometimes I would even guess what was comming next. Both the pictures and the sayings made me laugh or smile. I would have to say it was one of my favorite books as a kid.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think this is a very good book for childeren becuase it is funny and also has alot of funny pictures. This book makes you laugh, and it also has many tounge twisters which, i think, makes it funnier.
This book is about a giraffe and a little boy and he keeps making the giraffe do things or adds things to him. Everytime he adds something to him you read what the giaffe has on or did all over again. The giraffe ends up taking off everthing of giving it away. In the end he is just a normal giraffe again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Vivid imagery coupled with the hilarious, rib-tickling narrative in this story continues to illustrate the magnitude of Shel Silverstein's creativity.
From the Giraffe and a Half looking cute in a suit, playing toot on his flute, to the snake eating cake who was told to go jump in a lake, to the entire montage falling in a hole dug by a mole including the dragon whose wagon was saggin..this is the most wonderful rendition of taking an event "full circle" that you will ever read!
Once again, Shel Sliverstein captures not only young readers but adults as well, subjecting each to a "young-at-heart" mentality that is completely infectious and renders the reader full of laughter!
By far Shel's BEST YET! Excellent reading for one and all
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Giraffe and a Half is my favorite childrens book. Not only is a lot of fun to read, but its fun to listen to the kids try to remember everything that comes next. It is delightful and funny, and its good for kids' concentration and memory!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris's Daddy on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have two kids--a ten year boy and a three year old girl. I take them to the library every few weeks, and my boy has fun getting some of his old favorites for me to read to his little sister. She doesn't always like the ones he picks out, but this one was even more of a hit with her than it had been for him. Besides being wonderfully clever and entertaining, the cumulative verse structure is really motivating her to learn how to read. She's got the first half of the book memorized, and we've got some incredibly cute video of her "reading" it. Every day a little bit of that "reading" turns into real reading, as I point out words to her that she learns to associate with the pictures, or remembers from a previous page.
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