My Elephant

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Both funny and sweet, this intergenerational story trumpets one boy’s boundless imagination — and shows how truly infectious it can be.

What to do when Grandpa and Grandma are too busy to play? Ask your imaginary elephant, of course! He’s tons of fun, even if he squashes the flower bed, breaks a few things around the house, and gets a little too splashy in the bathtub. But Grandpa and Grandma will understand — really. With his trademark vibrant, energetic illustrations, Petr ...

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Overview

Both funny and sweet, this intergenerational story trumpets one boy’s boundless imagination — and shows how truly infectious it can be.

What to do when Grandpa and Grandma are too busy to play? Ask your imaginary elephant, of course! He’s tons of fun, even if he squashes the flower bed, breaks a few things around the house, and gets a little too splashy in the bathtub. But Grandpa and Grandma will understand — really. With his trademark vibrant, energetic illustrations, Petr Horácek introduces us to a delightfully enterprising child, some wisely laid-back grandparents, and the most endearing elephant you’ll ever want to meet.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With distinctive childlike artwork and language that telegraph a range of strong childhood emotions, from glee to hurt to contentedness, Horácek (Silly Suzy Goose) envisions a boy’s adventures with an imaginary elephant. Both the story and the mixed-media illustrations focus on the essentials, but each picture is splashed large on the white pages. The elephant’s hide is made of wild scribbles (to an appropriately leathery effect) and even the boy’s bed features a striking blue and white stripe design. After the boy blames each of his mistakes on the elephant, he is surprised to find his grandparents willing to play along (to an extent): “And was it your elephant who knocked over the orange juice?” his grandmother asks. The boy’s indulgent grandparents are portrayed as quaintly old-fashioned—the grandmother has her gray hair in a bun and wears a polka-dot housedress. But even when they are gently reprimanding the boy for messing up the flower bed or eating the cupcakes, their faces beam with love, and the tone of the book is sweetly reassuring. Ages 3–up. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Our young narrator finds both his grandpa and his grandma too busy to play with him. As a result, he recounts, "I asked my ELPHANT if he wanted to play with me." The elephant is glad to join in a game of kickball. When Grandpa complains about the mess, our hero reports that it was the fault of his elephant. Of course, he says, "Grandpa didn't believe me." Nor does Grandma, when she asks who made the mess in the hallway, left the puddles in the bathroom, spilled the orange juice, and ate the cupcakes. Feeling sad, the boy is comforted by his obliging elephant friend. They play in his room until he finds that it is morning and he is in his bed. Grandpa, now ready to play, assures our hero that he was so tired that his elephant carried him there. Minimal props surround the characters and the large-print text. Collage is incorporated for objects and characters, with paints added, particularly for the messes. The huge, scratchily textured elephant is clearly the product of imagination based on necessity, but it is appealing nevertheless. Smaller versions cavort around the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A child's grandparents are too busy to play with him, so he creates a friend that only he can see: a large, fun-loving, pencil-gray elephant. When the smiling grandfather asks who "messed up" his flowers, the child blames his new friend. The same goes for the missing muffins, the mess in the hall, and the puddles in the bathroom. Though the child apologizes, he seems to feel sorrier about blaming his imaginary elephant than upsetting Grandma and Grandpa. However, all is forgiven and the next morning Grandpa suggests playing ball. The illustrations appear to have been created with pencil, pen/ink, and watercolor and then cut and pasted onto clean white backgrounds. This is a slight story about a boy and his imaginary friend, and the bright mixed-media pictures are the best part.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763645663
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 991,864
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Petr Horácek is the author-illustrator of LOOK OUT, SUZY GOOSE and SILLY SUZY GOOSE, as well as RUN MOUSE RUN!; BIRD, FLY HIGH; A NEW HOUSE FOR MOUSE; STRAWBERRIES ARE RED; and WHEN THE MOON SMILED. He lives in England.
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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    ADORABLE BOOK

    Adorable book and the illustrations are sweet nice book :O))

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