Giraffe, Penguin, Seal and Pelican are all kind of bored. Pelican’s sign sets things in motion, and before you know it, animals from very different parts of the world are communicating and becoming friends. It’s a little silly, very sweet, and pretty short – just long enough to create a perfect picture of the characters and carry them to their predictable yet wonderful conclusion.
Letter-writing is something of a lost art these days. Taking the time to sit down with paper and a pen or maybe at a typewriter – who takes the time to do that now? There are not even that many emails; we seem to live by text and emoji.
I miss those days – the six page letters from a boyfriend about nothing important, the cards from my grandmother about the weather and her flowers, the musings my much-loved college friend wrote about her writing and her life, although I rarely knew what she was actually doing with her time. Because of this, I think, dipping into an epistolary novel is a delightful escape, especially if there are penguins and pelicans involved. I would have loved it for its form, but the characters are a joy, too. It’s perfect as a bedtime story read over a few nights or as a read-aloud for younger kids.
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa and Jun Takabatake