Engelbert the Elephantby Tom Paxton, Steven Kellogg
An elephant's dancing skills and good manners surprise everyone at the royal ball, including the queen.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyAn elephant is a surprise hit at the royal ball in what PW called a ``rollicking ballad,'' enhanced by Kellogg's ``characteristically droll touches.'' Ages 4-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotTo relieve her boredom, the queen host a ball and invitations are sent out to one and all. Much to Englebert, the elephant's surprise, he has been invited to the great hall. It could have been a disaster, but Engelbert is a most polite and accomplished pachyderm and even has the evening's last dance with the queen. A truly amusing story ably accompanied by the very funny artwork of Steven Kellogg. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalK-Gr 2-- Kellogg doesn't miss an opportunity to turn the verses of Paxton's ballad into sensitive buffoonery. Engelbert is invited to the Queen's Royal Ball. When he's presented, ``the King and Queen were speechless/ (And I'm sure they're speechless now),/ Engelbert the Elephant/ Made a very lovely bow,'' with his large green-checkered backside predominating the page. The first half of the book is executed in muted pastel shades, largely in yellows and oranges with green and blue highlights. Readers will look for the multitude of carefully selected details in the jungle, the palace, and in the town. At dawn, the party follows Engelbert to the forest where Kellogg creates a mystical sunrise in pastel blues and greens with yellow highlights. ``And the frolicking that followed/ Is still talked about today.'' Be sure to watch for the two mice who accompany Engelbert throughout his adventure. --Denise Krell, New York Public Library
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