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A Giraffe and a Half Hardcover – February 18, 2014

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

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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!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (November 4, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060256559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060256555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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By A Customer on February 20, 2000
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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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A Kid's Review on December 5, 2002
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"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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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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I was excited to order my kid's first Shel Silverstein. After mulling over various options for her age group I settled on this one though hadn't read it. I wanted to like it and I'm sure it's great for many but I found it a bit long winded (and my daughter seems to as well).
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Shel Silverstein is a treasured author of my childhood. His themes were made for all ages, kind of like Pixar films. A Giraffe and a Half is a book we got for a good friend of ours (who is in LOVE with giraffes). We figured why not go a little retro and buy a kid's book for her (she's in her early 20s). Before selecting this book, we figured - giraffes, shel silverstein, kids book.. this is going to be such a perfect gift. Well we got the book shortly after ordering and before wrapping the book, we decided to read it aloud to each other.

I've owned where the sidewalk ends, the giving tree, and have read a couple of his other collections of works, but boy, is this book amazing. As always, Silverstein's quirkiness takes over the book from page 1. It's a short, light hearted roller coaster of a poem and is totally animated with amazing pictures. I'm quite sure it will be a great addition to our friend's library, or coffee table, and I highly recommend it for anyone reading this! You don't even need to like giraffes!
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By A Customer on January 8, 1999
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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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