The Elephantom
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The Elephantom

by Ross Collins
     
 

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What do you do when a ghostly elephant won’t leave you alone?

When a phantom elephant turns up uninvited and starts getting a little girl into trouble, she has no idea how to make him go away. But her grandmother happens to have a menagerie of phantom pets herself, so she knows just who to go to for help?—?the shopkeeper at Spectral & Son. He

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What do you do when a ghostly elephant won’t leave you alone?

When a phantom elephant turns up uninvited and starts getting a little girl into trouble, she has no idea how to make him go away. But her grandmother happens to have a menagerie of phantom pets herself, so she knows just who to go to for help?—?the shopkeeper at Spectral & Son. He gives her a box. . . . Does it hold the solution?

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From the Publisher
The humor lies in the watercolor illustrations portraying the antics.
—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Jill Walton
Sophisticated humor appears immediately in this picture book about a little girl’s curious troubles that are never her fault. She has to deal with the bother of an unwelcome and large ghost pet: an elephantom. Her self-indulgent parents are indifferent to the trials she has to endure as the elephantom keeps her up as he parties with his elephantom friends, and then he pilfers food, and perfumes her room. He is driving her crazy! Her mother does suggest she complain to her grandmother who wisely provides the solution to the little girl’s dilemma. The author’s vibrant watercolor illustrations are fun, and his solid bright colors of orange, purple, red, and yellow dramatically contrast with the invisibility of the white ghost pets. The detailed illustrations tell the story so well that a young child could understand the entire story through just the art. Originally published in England in 2006, the time period reflected in the drawings will make this a treat for the adult reading to children. Reviewer: Jill Walton; Ages 3 to 6.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-02-03
An elephantom? What's that? A phantom elephant, of course. When one turns up on Tuesday after dinner, the parents of the girl narrator don't notice, not even when her bedroom begins to smell of dung. But the elephantom starts to bug the girl and get her into trouble, as when he invites his friends, who make a mess. The girl's grandmother is the only one who understands the dilemma, as she has lots of ghost pets herself. She also has a business card for Mr. Spectral, and after an hours-long search, the girl finds his shop. He has the solution: a black box that contains something that will make the elephantom disappear. Where did he go? Check with the neighbors. The humor lies in the watercolor illustrations portraying the antics. Mr. Spectral's shop shares street frontage with the World of Muesli, the Bucket Shop, Eyesore and Draintastic. The elephantom (and other ghost animals) is painted in pale gray. While it's easy enough to pick the ghost animals out, too many of the spreads are composed with too little contrast among colors, making some scenes hard to discern. While imaginary friends are a common theme in picture books, phantom animals offer a different twist—and the conceit may give kids an excuse to offer up when things go wrong. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763675912
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/28/2015
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Ross Collins grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and won the Macmillan Children’s Book Prize while in college. He has gone on to win a Scottish Arts Council Award and was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal for The Elephantom.

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