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Giraffes Ruin Everything

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
In this mischievously funny picture book, friends come in all shapes and sizes.

In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin:
- Birthday parties
- Going to the movies
- Playing at the park
- Hide and Seek
- Everything else

Yes, that's right. Giraffes ruin everything.

But what happens when our narrator gets into a tricky situation? Perhaps he'll fin
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Heidi Schulz
Nov 24, 2015 Heidi Schulz added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, look at that! We have a cover:
Sep 10, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Once again, this book was read to me by the author. It is soooo funny! I can easily see it becoming part of a series of books. It is one book I wouldn't mind rereading over and over to my children! I'll be giving these as gifts!

Ms Threlkeld
Sep 19, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cute idea, but the boy's negative attitude toward the giraffe started to grate on me and the ending was predictable.
Wendy Darling
Have a photo of Heidi signing GIRAFFES at her launch party:


Savannah Hendricks
Sep 07, 2016 Savannah Hendricks rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! I loved the illustrations and page lay out, especially when you had to turn the book sideways to read one page. My favorite illustration and page was the giraffe on the slide, and how his head was still at the top and his feet already at the bottom. Kids will love this beautiful book.
{My thoughts} – Giraffe’s ruin everything from birthday parties, to trips to the movies and park and more. I enjoyed how nicely the words on the pages blended together with the illustrations. I particularly like the usage of pastel colors, because I feel that they help to draw the reader into the book, without being overly distracting.

I do think however, that some words used like “frustration” and “undertake” might be a bit advanced for younger readers. I’d suggest reading through the book and m
Sep 07, 2016 Deborah rated it really liked it
An argument, in a simple form, but certainly in a fun way exemplifies how a writer makes a claim and supports it with specifics. This book has an interesting beginning, too--a kind of starting with what everyone knows about giraffes and then the thing they don't know: giraffes ruin everything.
I received a signed copy of this book to share with my students and what an awesome picture book gift it is. I'm really looking forward to sharing this at school next week. It's a funny look at how clumsy and awkward it would be to have a giraffe at a birthday party, or the movies, or on a play date at the park. But it also has a terrific message, that there is good in everyone and sometimes we have to help our friends "fit in". It kind of reminds me of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to ...more
Sep 07, 2016 Samantha rated it it was ok
A humorous look at all the situations that are not built for giraffe participation. Funny, enough and ends with an introduction as to why elephants ruin everything making me think this might become a series (think If You Give a Mouse a Cookie etc).

Pencil illustrations finished digitally. PreK-2.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
This book is simply adorable. With cute illustrations, easy to read text, and plenty of humor, this book is almost as great as owning a pet giraffe. Who wouldn't want to have a pet giraffe? Well having one might not seem all it's cracked up to be. At least that's what the story's young narrator starts out feeling. According to him, giraffes ruin everything! From birthday parties to going to the movies and playing games outside, giraffes ruin everything. That is until he realizes that just maybe ...more
Aug 24, 2016 Jocelyn rated it it was ok
A boy is rather mean to giraffe about all the things giraffes ruin, while giraffe certainly looks sorry after each of his mistakes. Giraffe saves the day by rescuing a kite, and he is finally accepted, but then the boy says elephants ruin everything. I know this is just a picture book, and it's supposed to be humorous, and we are supposed to learn to accept others, and many people will say I'm taking this too seriously, but I'm not sure I want to encourage exclusionary bullying. We don't just ...more
This book is so much fun!

Don't miss out on Heidi's Nerdy Book Club post about her inspiration.

Funny yet important! The theme in this one is quite evident, but don't forget to continue the conversation with the elephant also to talk about how everyone makes mistakes and that's no reason to not like someone!
Sep 02, 2016 Dee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb
I absolutely love this book! The story is funny and clever, and has that element that will get kids repeating phrases along with you if you're reading aloud. And the illustrations are absolutely adorable. This would be a great book for classrooms, libraries, and to have at home. My kids are already asking for a sequel. :)
Aug 22, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it
Ah, those monstrous giraffes with the friendly butterfly flittering nearby.... Glad I was given the warning against them! I will be on my guard from now on and watch out for their evil ways (hahaha). Wonder if there will be a sequel concerning the dangers of elephants?
Miss Sarah
Oct 04, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: giraffe
A little boy goes through his day complaining about all the things a giraffe messes up for him. But is the giraffe really messing everything up or is he being misinterpreted? Pictures play heavy in this book so preschool and up.
Inspired Kathy
Apr 19, 2016 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Cute book. Great illustrations. Easy to read text. A young boy's not thrilled with the antics of his giraffe until he finds himself with a need that can only be met by his long necked pet.

Source: Review copy
Aug 16, 2016 Earl added it
Cute picture book about how giraffes aren't really that good to have around. Heidi Schulz was at our store a year or so ago for a book club and she had mentioned this story inspired by a real run-in she had with a giraffe so it's cool to get to read this! The illustrations are great!
Michele Knott
Fun read aloud, kids will enjoy the repeating parts.
I loved reading the Nerdy post Heidi did that explains where she got the idea for the story.
Aug 16, 2016 Awjtf rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
love it!
Edward Sullivan
Jul 27, 2016 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Maybe not everything. Fun story with great illustrations.
Jennifer Miera
Aug 17, 2016 Jennifer Miera rated it really liked it
Cute book along the lines of What Do You Do With a Kangaroo by Mercer Myers
Oct 31, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it
There is always going to be that one person, or being, who seems to bumble around often ruining and upsetting things. In this lively tale for the Pre-K to 1st grade set, the being is a giraffe, whose very long neck and very long tongue cause all sorts of disruptions. Ultimately, the young boy who is the other main character, realizes that all of us have bad days from time to time and we are really good companions after all. This story is a good reminder for all of us to sometimes be more patient ...more
Becky B
A little boy enumerates the reasons you should never involve a giraffe in activities such as birthday parties, movie watching, playground playing, etc.

At the end of this is a little twist with the boy realizing everyone has bad days and things they are better at. A good reminder to give friends who inadvertently create mayhem a second chance (or yourself). It's a humorous story, though not quite as funny as the somewhat similar If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! . Hand th
Oct 27, 2016 Jillian rated it really liked it
Stop being mean to the poor sad cute giraffe! He's trying his hardest!! :-( (And leave the elephant out of this, too!)

The book is pretty funny, but I feel like there's a strong lesson on being mean to people, giving them extra chances, and understanding that people might have bad days.
Oct 23, 2016 Brittany rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 10 stars...I WOULD! I cannot even begin to tell you how much my daughter LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book! It is too cute. And the illustrations are just awesome!
Nov 08, 2016 Vanessa rated it liked it
Darling graphics and humorous text illustrate all of the reasons why a giraffe is the worst animal to have around. Very cute and definitely an instant storytime classic.
Oct 27, 2016 Brindi rated it really liked it
this book kind of made me sad after looking at the giraffe's and elephant's expressions. they're just trying to have fun!! anyhoo, this would work for an older group story time
Text to text: If you ever want to bring an alligator to school, don't

Lesson: Appreciate friends for what they can be/do
Nov 16, 2016 Evelyn rated it did not like it
Boy seemed mean to giraffe for being different. Sends the wrong message.
Kate Puleo Unger
Oct 27, 2016 Kate Puleo Unger rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books-read
This book is kind of nonsense, but it's one I think kids will enjoy. A little boy explains the many ways that giraffes ruin everything from birthday parties and trips to the movies to tree houses and slides at the playground. Of course, in the end the boy ends up needing the giraffes help. It's silly and cute, with fun illustrations of the giraffe in many precarious situations.

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NYT bestselling author Heidi Schulzlies to children for fun and profit. She is the author of Hook's Revenge, Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code, and Giraffes Ruin Everything. Heidi lives in Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and dozens of dust bunnies.
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