Perfect Picture Book Friday! There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a fun story.

giraffesoupThere’s a Giraffe in My Soup
By Ross Burach
32 pages – ages 4+

Published by HarperCollins on February 23, 2016

Theme/Topic- Humor/Table manners

Genre-  Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘Excuse me, Waiter?

There’s a giraffe in my soup!'”

Synopsis from Publisher: “What if you found a giraffe in your soup, an alligator in your entreé, an elephant on the table, or even an ostrich in your dish?

In this debut picture book from author-illustrator Ross Burach, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!”

What I Thought- This is a good, classic, everything-goes-wrong-but-in-a-good-way book. It is a hilarious spin off of the “There’s a fly in my soup!” jokes, starting big, and getting zanier as the book progresses. Kids will beg to have the book reread to them, if the fact that I just read the book five times in a row it is that good! The illustrations are perfect for the story. They are zany and fit in with the mixed-up story.  The book is a perfect read-aloud, particularly for two people (or a teacher and their class) to read the boy’s and the waiter’s lines. Funny voices would be perfect too! I can’t wait to read more from this debut author!

Activities and Resources- Because the book takes place in a “fine-restaurant,” you can talk about table manners with your kids, with topic ideas to discuss at HERE!

If you want to lead into a discussion about manners with activities, at HERE!
Check out the book’s trailer –

You can read a sample of the book at the publisher’s website HERE

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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18 replies

  1. This looks really fun, Erik! And I cannot believe that a review of your references Emily Post! That is too funny 🙂

  2. Read this one recently too. A fun debut!

  3. Love the ridiculous-ness of this idea! I can tell kids will think this book is fun.

  4. I love silly and anything that makes kids laugh! Sounds like a great book! When I first started to read your post I thought of Shirley Temple singing “Animal crackers in my soup…” But, then you probably don’t know who Shirley Temple is and I am dating myself. 🙂

  5. This looks too good to pass up. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Well if you read the book five times in a row then I trust it has to be good! Love the expression of the boy’s face on the cover, too.

  7. Oh wow what a hilarious book. Kids will laugh at this and want to read it over and over again. Great choice Erik.

  8. How did I miss this last year. Hilarious. Love Ross Burach’s follow up, I Am Not a Chair, from hence (whence) I came. 🙂

  9. would it be good for a 10 year old year old boy thats not brioght


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