Book Review | What In The World is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber

What in The World is Wrong with Gisbert by Jochen Weeber

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Book Title: What in the World is Wrong with Gisbert?

Author: Jochen Weeber

Illustrator: Fariba Gholizadeh

ISBN: 9781947888029

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*Thank you to NetGalley and Flyaway Books for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*


From the Book:

Meet Gisbert, a tall, young giraffe. Gisbert is tall enough to do everything a giraffe might want to do, and his life is good. But one day, something happens. Gisbert’s friends start making fun of him, and with each negative comment they say, he begins to shrink! What in the world is wrong with Gisbert?

This insightful book helps teach children about the consequences of bullying and the power of friendship. What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? features various animal characters and bright, playful illustrations. Ideal for children ages 3-7.

Author Jochen Weeber, Illustrated by Fariba Gholizadeh, Publisher Flyaway Books

My Honest Thoughts:

An excellent read for children to understand how words have an affect on others. Gisbert the giraffe begins to feel smaller and smaller with every negative word spoken to him. He doesn’t understand why, but he feels as though he is shrinking. The visual concept of feeling small on the inside while your appearance on the outside remains the same was a wonderful way to help children understand bullying. The author also delivers a message of how you can make others feel great about themselves by words and acts of kindness. Both very important messages in our current world. I would recommend this book for children between the ages of 3-10. Although it references Gisbert being in kindergarten, this would be a wonderful book for pre-school to elementary teachers to use in their classrooms.

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