Baby’s Books of the Week: Lions Roar and Giraffes Stretch


My baby just turned two earlier this week, so she’s not really a baby anymore, but she does still enjoy books. She was really into the board books Lions Roar and Giraffes Stretch last week. We had to read them over, and over, and over, and over.

giraffeslionsEach book is incredibly short at only 14 pages, but the large, colorful photographs of real animals were impressive. There is very little text on the pages. For instance, one layout read, “Slurp, Slurp. Giraffes bend down for water.” Not much plot going on in these stories!

Even so, my daughter and I enjoyed stretching and bending and sticking out our tongues like giraffes, and roaring like lions. We counted how many giraffes were on the page and my daughter liked pointing out the daddy and mommy lions. For being such short, simplistic books, they provided plenty of interaction. We look forward to finding more books from this series at our local libraries.

These books can be found on Amazon, as well as the Amicus publishing website at

  • Giraffes Stretch by Rebecca Glaser ISBN: 9781681520698
  • Lions Roar by Rebecca Glaser ISBN: 9781681520711

Honorable Mention:

  • Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthallittlehoot

This humorous board book features a little owl who is tired and wants to go to bed, but his parents make him stay up late because that is what owls do! He needs to practice his pondering and gazing left and right. His dad even tells him, “I don’t give a hoot what time your friends go to bed. In this house, we stay up late.” Little Hoot keeps himself awake by jumping on his bed, skateboarding, and building a fort – but he doesn’t enjoy it at all. His parents try to keep him up later by offering him another bedtime story and a glass of water, but Little Hoot is not interested! He falls right to sleep. The artwork, mainly featuring brown and green tones, is cute and goes very well with the text.

I think I enjoyed this book more than my daughter. It was funny to me that the kid wanted to go to bed but the parents were forcing him to stay awake. Since our household is always up late (and all because our darling child can play forever), this was just the chuckle I needed.


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