I Am Not a Chair!

I Am Not a Chair! illus. by Ross Burach. 40p. HarperCollins. Feb. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062360168.
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.
VERDICT An amusing bit of silliness that should find a home in storytime and picture book collections.

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