I Am Not a Chair!

by Ross Burach (Author) Ross Burach (Illustrator)

I Am Not a Chair!
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair!From the acclaimed author-illustrator of There's a Giraffe in My Soup comes a curious tale about finding one's courage and standing up for oneself. Full of vibrant and playful illustrations and hilariously absurd logic, kids will want to read it again and again.--Literary Hoots

Publishers Weekly

A giraffe, new to the jungle, can't seem to persuade his fellow animals that he isn't a piece of furniture. To them, he's a chair, and chairs are for derrieres. "I'm a giraffe," the giraffe complains to no one in particular (which is part of the problem) after being sat upon once again. "Can't they see? I have spots and ears and eyes"--he points to his ossicones--"and whatever these things are." Burach (There's a Giraffe in My Soup) pursues the chain of consequences triggered by his wonderfully ridiculous premise with gleeful doggedness. The result is a steady stream of silliness that leads to a classic punch line, in which the core misunderstanding saves the put-upon protagonist from being eaten by a lion; a bonus final joke turns the tables yet again. Rat-a-tat dialogue and freewheeling cartooning, featuring a bounty of googly eyes and goofy expressions, make this a great readaloud for anyone who's ever felt objectified or misunderstood--a wide audience if ever there was one. Ages 4-8. Agent: Lara Perkins, Andrea Brown Literary. (Feb.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Giraffe has a problem. It's his first day in the jungle, and everyone thinks he's a chair! All the animals take turns sitting on him--a monkey, a hippopotamus, and even a human mistake the herbivore for a comfy chair! Giraffe has no luck vocalizing his concern. However, when a lion decides to take a seat, Giraffe musters the courage to say, "I am not a chair!" Readers can engage with this goofy tale while also picking up the message of learning to speak up for themselves. The stylized cartoons are done in pencil and acrylic paint. Burach uses warm colors to depict a populated jungle that welcomes readers and the main character to a new environment.

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Review quotes

"An engaging bit of silliness that should find a home in storytime and picture book collections."—School Library Journal
Ross Burach
Ross Burach is the creator of the riotously funny picture books The Very Impatient Caterpillar, The Little Butterfly That Could, and Truck Full of Ducks, as well as the acclaimed board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine. Ross's work can also be seen in the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at rossburach.com.
Ross Burach is the creator of the riotously funny picture books The Very Impatient Caterpillar, The Little Butterfly That Could, and Truck Full of Ducks, as well as the acclaimed board books I Love My Tutu Too!, Potty All-Star, Hi-Five Farm!, and Hi-Five Animals!, named the best board book of the year by Parents magazine. Ross's work can also be seen in the Acorn early reader series Bumble and Bee. Ross lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at rossburach.com.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780062360168
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
February 20, 2017
Series
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