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by Michael Slack

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Fly along with Elecopter as she soars above the savannah, patrolling the skies with her fire-hose nose at the ready. The other animals are safe with Elecopter on the scene--Elecopter is a hero for all! Preschoolers are in for a treat in this chant-along companion to Monkey Truck.

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Fly along with Elecopter as she soars above the savannah, patrolling the skies with her fire-hose nose at the ready. The other animals are safe with Elecopter on the scene--Elecopter is a hero for all! Preschoolers are in for a treat in this chant-along companion to Monkey Truck.

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The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Slack…sees great comic possibilities in his flying pachyderm's unusual abilities. Fierce in the face of danger and always kind, this motherly elephant gives Elecopter parenting a good name.
Publishers Weekly
Slack reprises the formula he used in 2011’s Monkey Truck to equally raucous effect, creating a hybrid elephant/helicopter who patrols the savannah. Giggle-inducing humor and nail-biting action are also part of the equation: “Whatever her mission, she always succeeds,” writes Slack as Elecopter prevents a bushy-maned lion from walking off a cliff, then gives him a dapper new ’do with her propeller blades. Elecopter’s bright coloring, long eyelashes, and propensity for flight may call to mind Dumbo, yet this flying elephant proves that her bravery is second to none. In the story’s tensest sequence, Elecopter rescues a group of animals from wildfire: “Flying into danger, she’s first on the scene/ to airlift a rhino from a rocky ravine.” She also escorts to safety a cheetah, a passel of baboons, and a giraffe, and, best of all, she works for peanuts. Rendered in a palette of neon blues, yellows, and magentas, Slack’s manic digital collages are not unlike a vintage Golden Book on LSD—in other words, just right for this oddball conceit. Ages 2–5. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
An extremely creative approach to an elephant story emerges when this book’s author/illustrator gives helicopter attributes to a blue animated elephant. Elecopter, her blades whirling, conducts sky patrols when she soars above the savannah of Africa. She flies a variety of missions and takes care of dangers caused by lightning or carelessness and does a number of good works to help her animal friends. A major problem occurs in this story when she spots thick black smoke and a raging fire. Electopter toots her trunk in a call of alarm. Fortunately, she possesses speed, courage, and the intelligence to save a cheetah, hippo, baboons, and giraffe. She then has the savvy to suck up water and spray it on the fire to put it out. Brightly animated illustrations that showcase all of Elecopter’s work are sure to draw readers back to this book again and again. Colorful, kid-friendly text is well managed with just enough words to tell this exciting tale. The traits of helpfulness and resourcefulness come through. In addition, this makes a good supplement to preschool and elementary programs when talking about Africa. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury; Ages 3 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—The author of Monkey Truck (Holt, 2011) takes his characters to the skies with the highly versatile and helpful Elecopter, an elephant blessed with the main rotor, tail rotor, and landing skids of a helicopter. Flying high above the savannah, she assists friends in trouble. Digitally created, brightly colored cartoon images of African animals illustrate the predictable adventure and rescue plot. When she sees dark fire clouds, Elecopter rushes to save animals and extinguish a raging conflagration with her "fire-hose nose." Various perspectives highlight her efforts as she whirs from animal to animal; as the flames grow higher, the font looms larger, and one illustration encourages children to turn the book for a better view of a giraffe's long-necked rescue. "Working for peanuts," this helicopter hero with large expressive eyes gives students a reason to cheer.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Who keeps the savanna and its animals safe? Elecopter! "She scans the savannah / from high above. // Patrolling the sky, / it's a labor of love." A chubby blue elephant with landing skids for feet and propellers on top and tail, Elecopter saves baby birds from electrical storms. She rescues a lion (blinded by an out-of-control mane) from walking off a cliff (and then gives him a mane cut with his rotors). She even helps giraffes with loose teeth. When she sees a billowing cloud of smoke and a fire in the distance, she snags her ladder and her rope and speeds off to help. "She scoops up cheetah / alone and marooned. // Then lowers a ladder / to the stranded baboons." She saves those in danger and then puts out the fire with her hose nose. "Working for peanuts, / she's quite the contraption. / A helicopter elephant / always ready for action." Slack's follow-up to Monkey Truck (2011) moves from the jungle to the savanna for more animal/machine mashup mayhem. The digitally painted illustrations are bright and zippy. Elecopter's the only character who's part machine, and her helpfulness will inspire. Less of a laugh riot than Slack's previous solo effort, this will nonetheless please children by offering animals, vehicles and heroics all in one. "Go, Elecopter! Go!" (Picture book. 2-5)

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