Review: Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? Written by Jory John & Illustrated by Liz Climo

"It's not easy being itchy." (back cover)

Title:  Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? 
Author: Jory John
Illustrator: Liz Climo
Publisher: Penguin for Young Readers
Release Date:  March 20, 2018 
Genre: Picture Book / Children's Book
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A hilarious take on helping others and self awareness from New York Times bestselling author Jory John and comic artist sensation Liz Climo

Persnickety Elephant has an itch–a big one–and he can’t reach it! While he isn’t above asking for a little help, no one is up to the task. Turtle is too lazy, Snail is too slimy, and Alligator… well, Elephant isn’t sure he wants his assistance. Does Elephant have to do everything himself? 

Jory John’s signature deadpan humor pairs perfectly with Liz Climo’s oh-so-innocent-looking animals to create a slyly ironic read-aloud that will leave kids and parents in stitches.


The cover is pretty. The title funny. The illustrations adorable and the premise timely.  Can Somebody Please Scratched My Back?, written by Jory John and illustrated by Liz Climo makes for a great conversational story for young kids. You see, the concept of asking for help, and what gratitude mean is quite the lesson to teach the younger (and sometimes older) generation. With subtle humor, and dry-wit style of writing, the author achieved the goal of a mini lesson by the end of the story - if done right. Who knew a cute elephant can annoy me? And that's all I'm going to say. In all, I really do think this story have merit and should be read together with an adult to discuss the actions in the story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Jory John is the author of the picture books Penguin Problems, I Will Chomp You!, Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already! He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All My Friends Are Dead, among many other books. He is a former writing instructor at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco. Jory now lives in Oregon.



Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She is the author of Rory the Dinosaur, The Little World of Liz Climo, and Lobster is the Best Medicine. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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