Title: NECK & NECK
Author: Elise Parsley
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
In the first stand-alone picture book from the creator of the bestselling Magnolia Says DON’T! books, a giraffe’s self-esteem is tested during a hilarious confrontation between unlikely look-alikes!
Everybody loves Leopold the giraffe. He inspires awe and wonder. His adoring fans gaze and cheer. Best of all, they feed him lots of deeeelicious snacks! But, one day, a shiny, bobble-headed new rival comes in and ruins everything…a giraffe-shaped balloon! Just how far will Leopold go to prove that he’s the hero of the zoo? Readers learn that actions speak far louder than looks in this laugh-out-loud face-off from Elise Parsley–the New York Times bestselling creator of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!
I can usually tell how much interest a book is going to generate as soon as it arrives in the mail at our home. Take it out of the package and set in on the shelves, then wait and see what happens. Both of our youngest children, picked it up immediately and asked me to read it to them. They smiled at the rick illustrations of a power struggle between a small boy and a giraffe at the zoo. Will the balloon imposter win over the real live animal when put to the popularity test?
Neck and Neck teaches about what is really important in winning over the hearts of a fan. Empathy, kindness and overcoming jealousy. It was easy to read it through twice in a row. This will become a fast favorite for your littles as they enjoy the vibrant illustrations and fun message.
About the Author
Elise Parsley studied drawing and creative writing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. During college, Elise also volunteered over 1800 hours promoting iteracy through an AmeriCorps academic enrichment program. Now she promotes literacy through writing and illustrating children’s books.
Elise is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Dakotas Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She spends a lot of her time telling aspiring writers and illustrators to join the SCBWI and get involved with a local critique group or two. Elise and her family live in Beresford, SD.
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