I Am Not a Chair! (Hardcover)

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By Ross Burach, Ross Burach (Illustrator)
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Bookseller: Tim
Title: I Am Not a Chair!

Sometimes it's hard to explain exactly why you like something. I picked this up and just started laughing as I merely flipped through it the first time. 

It's the personality in Giraffe's face that gets me! With illustrations like this the characters are really alive, and you feel as happy as Giraffe does to make new friends, as annoyed as Giraffe is to be sat upon (repeatedly!), and determined along with Giraffe to speak up. (My favorite expression might just be Giraffe's nonplussed face of silent suffering as a bird stand.) This book's ironic wit is top-notch. The humor ends up being something beautiful. And as fun as the frustration is, the relief - and the twist ending - are totally worth it.

— From Tim


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, Ross Burach, 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.

Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?


Praise For…

“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.”

“An engaging bit of silliness that should find a home in storytime and picture book collections.”

“Yeah, I’d say that’s a winner! I laughed more with this book than I have in a while. The ending, especially, was a perfect touch. The illustrations are, of course, what make this book (because, really, a giraffe would not look like a chair otherwise).”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062360168
ISBN-10: 0062360167
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English