Book Reviews

Gordon The Giraffe by Bruce Brown and A. Shelton at Arcana Studio

Genre Gay / Fiction
Reviewed by Sally on 08-September-2012

Book Blurb

Gordon lives with his mother in the hidden kingdom of Ugladunga. Every day, the adult giraffes gather on the other side of the waterfall, but the kids meet to play the game Mulunga Doo in pairs: one boy and one girl. When Gordon is asked to play by Gary, the other young giraffes laugh at them and ask Gordon if he\'s a girl? Hurt, Gordon flees to his mother who tells him that he must follow his heart. The next day, the boy giraffes plan to teach Gordon a lesson, but their plan backfires, and Gordon must save them from plummeting down the waterfall. In the end, Gordon teaches the other boy giraffes that they should love everyone - even those who are different from themselves.


Book Review

While I don't read a lot of children's books, and my son isn't quite old enough to yet read them with me, I am always on the lookout for stories we can enjoy together when he is old enough to sit still (without eating the pages).


As certain as giraffes are tall, there are some who fear anyone that is different.

Gordon The Giraffe is the story of the hidden kingdom of Ugladunga, where children pair up (always one boy, one girl) to play the game of Mulunga Doo. When Gary ask him to play, Gordon is at first excited (nobody has ever before asked him), but ends up fleeing the taunts of the other children... straight to his mother, who tells him he must follow his heart. When Gordon goes looking for Gary, the other giraffes plan to teach him a lesson... but he ends up coming to their rescue instead.


Because giraffes have the biggest hearts of all the creatures. They can't help but love... even those that are a bit different. 


This is a cute story, beautifully illustrated, with a subtle but heart-warming theme of acceptance at its core. Even though Gordon is never branded as gay, the suggestion is there, backed up by his mother's understanding - and, more importantly, acceptance. While most children may not pick up on it, those who feel a bit different themselves - about anything - or those who may have parents that are a bit different will certainly appreciate the message.


She didn't know what to say at first, but when she looked into her son's saddned eyes she knew.

Well worth picking up for anybody who reads (or plans to read) to a child.




As originally reviewed on Bending the Bookshelf. Please visit Sally and team for other reviews that may be of interest.

Additional Information

Format paperback
Length Short StoryIllustrated Children's Book / 50 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-July-2013
Price $5.95 paperback
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