Mr. Elephanterby Lark Pien
Early every morning, Mr. Elephanter arrives at the Elephantery to care for his diminutive charges, who greet him with toots and trumpets. There are hugs and hellos all around! They all eat pancakes, paddle and/b>
Come visit the Elephantery, where Mr. Elephanter looks after the peppy elephanties! A charming, quirky picture book debut by an acclaimed cartoonist.
Early every morning, Mr. Elephanter arrives at the Elephantery to care for his diminutive charges, who greet him with toots and trumpets. There are hugs and hellos all around! They all eat pancakes, paddle and splash in the neighborhood pool, and parade through the bustling city. After naps, Mr. Elephanter pretends he’s a tunnel, tower, and bridge, while the elephanties play all around him. In fresh watercolors exuding warmth and whimsy, Lark Pien introduces the doting Mr. Elephanter—and the most adorable miniature creatures you’ll ever meet.
A day in the life of Mr. Elephanter is a slice from the bygone, when the scale and pace of life didn't require medication. Mr. Elephanter, clearly a mild and loving soul, works at the elephantery, tending a small tribe of elephanties. He whips up some breakfast, brings his charges to the pool, town and park, tucks them in for their naps. He gets a moment to himself: "It's enough time to catch up on small things." In the afternoon, the elephanties get into a minor fracas, but soon they are playing and dancing; Mr. Elephanter, normally serene, looks like he's just been goosed. Time comes for Mr. Elephanter to head home (multi-paneled endpapers bracket Mr. Elephanter's day at the elephantery): hugs, goodbyes, see-you-tomorrows. There isn't a page here that doesn't melt with charm, from Mr. Elephanter, with his balloon head and small detonation of a mustache, to the tumbling, bumbling elephanties. With a slightly old-fangled atmosphere, expressive line work and balmy watercolors, Pien has created a sense of well being, where all is (mostly) right in the best of worlds. (Picture book. 4-8)
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 7.91(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Lark Pien is the colorist for the National Book Award Finalist and Michael L. Printz Award Winner AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Yang and the author and illustrator of the comic LONG TAIL KITTY. MR. ELEPHANTER is based on a character that first appeared in one of her hand-printed minicomics. She lives in Oakland, California.
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