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Review Date: March 2nd, 2020
Written By: Anujah Sivakumar & Dhanela Sivaparan
Illustrated By: Prem Sai G. S.
Gavin the Giraffe thinks he can’t do anything right. But with the help of his new friends, he learns he has a hidden talent, surprising everyone—himself most of all!
So, this one went in an unexpected direction. The artwork on the animals definitely has a Madagascar vibe to them, which I think in this case works in their favor, as the kids are used to those animals talking (though in the movies, humans can’t understand them) and doing human things. So when the zebra’s talent happens to be taking great selfies, you sort of start to suspect these talents aren’t necessarily what you’d normally think of as far as kids book animal talents tend to be. They aren’t the Madagascar versions where the lion has his signature roar. So the giraffe discovers he’s bad at taking selfies, and worries that he doesn’t have anything that makes him special. The girl, Alex, shows positivity and encouragement and helps him to puzzle out what he might be good at. When they discover his talent through her suggestion, it’s definitely not one I saw coming! But the message is definitely a good one. Believe in yourself. Everyone has something they are good at, don’t compare yourself to others but try new things and discover where you might excel. It might be something you’ve never even thought of before!