Looking after Little Ellie

Looking after Little Ellie

by Mike Archer, Dosh Archer
     
 

Five little mice...one BIG babysitting job!

When Little Ellie's mother needs to go out, she asks her friends the mice to look after her baby. The only problem is, Little Ellie isn't so little! Children will delight in the mishaps and mayhem that result when the dedicated mice try their best to look after one elephantine baby. Clever collage illustrations and a

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Five little mice...one BIG babysitting job!

When Little Ellie's mother needs to go out, she asks her friends the mice to look after her baby. The only problem is, Little Ellie isn't so little! Children will delight in the mishaps and mayhem that result when the dedicated mice try their best to look after one elephantine baby. Clever collage illustrations and a sweet and silly story make this an ideal book for very young readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K-When six mice agree to help an elephant friend by looking after her offspring, they discover that caring for Little Ellie presents a formidable challenge. It takes four of them to pull her stroller uphill while two push from behind. All six can't hold their own on the seesaw with her, and when it is time for a diaper change, they are totally appalled. Large, cheery color illustrations perfectly capture their struggles. Touches of realism are superimposed on the cartoonlike illustrations, with photographs of bowls on the breakfast table and of six coffee mugs beside the exhausted mice at the end of the day, as well as an enormous graphic of the baby elephant's turd. Children will delight in this funny, quirky story about baby-sitting.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The text may describe a straightforward babysitting job, but the pictures tell a very different story, as Little Ellie's an elephant and the sitters, a family of mice. "When Flora called to ask us to look after Little Ellie, we said yes. After all, you have to help your friends." But imagine the challenges of feeding, entertaining and-wait for it-changing a baby who's at least a hundred times bigger. Using a combination of large, simple, painted figures and clipped photos of pacifiers, crockery and balls of what may be actual elephant dung, the Archers prove equal to the task. Their scenes of dismayed-looking mice mopping up after a snack, woozily dragging off a used diaper, hauling an immense stroller to and from the park, then finally kissing their charge goodbye and collapsing back in their own living room ("It was a big day, but we didn't mind. After all, she was just a little baby") will leave young readers in stitches. The most hilarious take on the theme since Doug Johnson's Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses! (1993). (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582349718
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mike and Dosh Archer are the husband-and-wife team who also created Yellow Bird, Black Spider. They live in England.

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