Whilst deep in conversation with Miss Sanders we came upon the topic of children’s fictional characters (an important topic). It seemed odd that in all these years there had been not one giraffe. Not one!
The conclusion was simple; there is a deep prejudice against giraffes in the world of publishing. The publishers point at the giraffe and laugh. “ha ha look at that giraffe with his silly long neck, beady eyes, and grey tongue” they say. “We will cast lions, elephants, and even koala’s as the hero’s of our books hahahahahahaha *cough cough* hahaaaaa”.
Well no longer! Now there is “Humberto the Giraffe”. A giraffe children can look up to, a giraffe with speed, strength, and moral fiber. A hero for the masses.
Unfortunately there is not much information on Humberto’s life before he became a do-gooding, crime fighting, children’s giraffe.
We do know, however, that he must have spent at least some time serving his country in the Costa Rican army. He is an expert marksman/marksgiraffe, trained in explosives, and a master of unarmed/unlegged combat… but above all this he has love for the chiiiildren.
If you need someone to catch a criminal, save your cat, or even babysit; then Humberto is your giraffe.
Below are the first 2 instalments of the legend that is Humberto. They were drawn with a mouse inside an msn window, but to be honest you can hardly tell.
In our first adventure Humberto spots trouble as he is flying over a small town… (yes he acquired his pilots license in the Costa Rican army and served in ‘nam flying injured troops to safety).
In the next instalment, some dangerous criminals rob a bank as Humberto is making his weekly deposit… BIG MISTAKE.
Humberto “apprehends” one of the robbers but lets the other one go free. This is so that the thief can tell all his other criminal friends that there’s a new giraffe in town.
Some would say that this particular story is a little too graphic for a children’s book, but I would disagree. Children need to be taught early on that crime doesn’t pay. They may look distressed at first, but once you explain it is not Humberto’s blood all over the ground, they usually cheer right up.