Hiding Phil


HIDING PHIL, the hilarious story about three siblings and their mission to hide a beloved elephant named Phil, will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter!

In this story, three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home. "Our parents will love Phil!" they cry out excitedly. Until it dawns on them: "Uh, oh . . ." No they won't!

So what do they do? Try to hide him, of course! They try to stuff him into their ...

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HIDING PHIL, the hilarious story about three siblings and their mission to hide a beloved elephant named Phil, will have readers rolling on the floor with laughter!

In this story, three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home. "Our parents will love Phil!" they cry out excitedly. Until it dawns on them: "Uh, oh . . ." No they won't!

So what do they do? Try to hide him, of course! They try to stuff him into their doghouse--but he's too big. They throw a sheet over him with a sign that reads, "Club House: Keep Out!" But their parents still inquire, "Um, is that an elephant?" Can the kids convince their parents to keep Phil, or will they have to bring him back where he belongs?

Writer and illustrator Eric Barclay brings this story to life with eye-catching illustrations that will make you laugh out loud, and dialogue that is both poignant and clever. The love between these kids and Phil is palpable, and will leave the reader itching for more!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
How to camouflage an elephant so your parents won’t see him? That’s the dilemma three eager siblings face after they discover a blobby blue elephant named Phil sitting at the bus stop. Barclay’s (I Can See Just Fine) story unfolds through minimal speech-balloon dialogue, giving his cartooning a key storytelling role. After the kids happily jump rope and teeter-totter with Phil and give him an outdoor bubble bath in a kiddie pool, the sister announces to her brothers, “Mom and Dad will love Phil!” All of the characters (even a rubber ducky) make goggle eyes on the next spread as the girl quickly follows up that statement with an “Uh-oh.” Their predictably futile efforts to hide Phil make for lots of physical comedy (“Um. Is that an elephant?” asks the kids’ mother as soon as she sees Phil disguised as a clubhouse). Humor also derives from the kids’ earnestness and the way Barclay telegraphs their emotions as they delight in Phil’s company, bid him a teary adieu, and joyfully welcome him back when their parents relent. Ages 3–5. Agent: Kirsten Hall, the Bright Agency. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Enid J. Portnoy
When was the last time you tried to hide a rather large blue elephant? This is a delightful picture book that shows Phil the elephant smiling and playing with his friends until they all realize they must hide Phil so no one will find him. So, where do you find a place to hide a big, blue elephant? They try putting him on a Pachyderm Bus, but the three sibling children do not want to lose this elephant's friendship. Then there is the parent problem: parents may not know they have a rather large blue elephant living in their yard, or in the house! Barclay has written a simple text with illustrations that are bright and cheerful. This wonderfully happy story would fit in the library for preschool and elementary students. An excellent choice for reading aloud. Prepare yourself for a "trunkload" of fun whenever you share this book. Reviewer: Enid J. Portnoy
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A turquoise elephant rides into town on a Pachyderm Bus and is sitting on a bench when three siblings and their pup spot him and take him home with them. Phil turns out to be a patient, fun playmate. Worried about their parents' reaction to their new pal, the children try to hide him in a pile of leaves, but he is allergic ("AAAACHOO!"). They drape him in a sheet with the word "clubhouse" on it, but his feet and trunk stick out, and Mom and Dad aren't fooled. Phil has to go. The entire family takes him back to the bus stop, where the parents suddenly have a change of heart about saying good-bye to Phil. No explanation is given for why they change their minds. Large, cheerful illustrations with spare text in dialogue balloons make this a fun read. It is Phil's playful personality that makes the book so charming.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
It's awfully hard to hide an elephant. Three kids find an elephant waiting at the bus stop (the Pachyderm Bus Line, of course). According to the luggage tag, his name is Phil. They take the squat, dumpy blue elephant, complete with tiny fedora, to the park and have a grand time jumping rope and sliding down his trunk. But suddenly, with wide-eyed terror, they realize something. Their parents will likely be less than thrilled about this new friend. "We must hide Phil!" they all shout at the top of their lungs. He's too big for the doghouse, but piling leaves on top of him almost works until one of those leaves tickles his trunk. After one last solution that seems perfect, their parents enter and immediately ask, "Um. Is that an elephant?" (Gosh-darn parents--they always figure things out.) They order Phil to leave. But Phil just may have some hiding spots of his own. Spare text in scattered speech bubbles makes this a good choice for beginning readers. The illustrations are reminiscent of Harry Bliss', and details charm; Dad wears a hat almost identical to Phil's (as well as a goatee), and the kids' dachshund joins in the fun. The ending is a bit slapdash, but the wide range of expressions found on Phil's flattened face more than make up for it. A slim story full of determination, problem-solving and pachyderm glee. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545464772
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 636,564
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Barclay grew up in a small Texas town where there were no bus stops and certainly no elephants. He now lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Michelle; their daughters, Emma and Paige; and their dog, Brody, and cat, Lilly. HIDING PHIL is Eric's fourth picture book as an illustrator and his first as an author. You can visit Eric at www.ericbarclay.com
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