Zeraffa Giraffa


This unbelievable true story of baby giraffe, Zeraffa and her young keeper, Atir is told in Dianne Hofmeyr’s and Jane Ray’s exquisite picture book. From Africa, along the Nile, across the Mediterranean, on road, in caravan, they journey to France. Zeraffa is a gift to the King of France.

The careful text, sympathetic tone, wonder and spectacle of landscape and creatures from a time journeyed  long ago with different sensibilities, are composed brilliantly. We love ‘Zerrafa Giraffa’ and recommend it to our readers.

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Zeraffa Giraffa

Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Jane Ray

(Frances Lincoln Books)

Zeraffa Giraffa‘ is the true story of the King of France’s gift of a baby giraffe. Dianne Hofmeyr’s story enthrals and horrifies in equal measure. Imagine the feelings of a baby giraffe walking to Europe? Furthermore, consider the responsibility and fears of its young handler! 
Jane Ray’s pictures suggest lush, exotic drama. It seems like we are part of the cavalcade. ‘Zeraffa Giraffa‘ is a picture book to read and treasure. 

Winner of an Offie (Off-WestEnd theatre award)


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