“A sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Sweet and affirming.” —Kirkus Reviews
Huffington Post Honor Book for Best in Kindness
Bank Street Best Book of 2015
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Charlotte Huck Honor Book
CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) Choice Book
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When the local Pet Club won’t admit a boy’s tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution—one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book.
Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn’t understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.
Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books|
|Product dimensions:||10.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Lisa Mantchev is the author of many picture books, including Strictly No Elephants, which garnered awards and rave reviews and is published in fourteen countries. The New York Times called it “a sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” Her latest, Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime!, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews: “Jinx and the Doom Fight Crime! will captivate readers with their irresistible fun.” Lisa lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her family. Visit her website at LisaMantchev.com.
Taeeun Yoo has twice received the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. She has illustrated many books, including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, which has been published in twelve countries. The New York Times called it a “sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” Other books include So Many Days and Only a Witch Can Fly, both by Alison McGhee, and Round by Joyce Sidman, which received four starred reviews. Taeeun was also the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Society of Illustrators’ Founders Award. She lives in South Korea with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is adorable. I loved the small lessons about friendship. A boy has a pet elephant who doesn't like walking on cracks in the sidewalk. The boy helps him over the cracks because that's what friends do. When they go to Pet Club, there is a sign saying "Strictly No Elephants." As they walk away, the elephant doesn't mind the cracks because his boy is sad, and friends are brave for each other when needed. The boy finds a girl with a pet skunk, and they decide to start their own club where everyone is welcome. This book reminded me of The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed, which was one of my favorites from childhood. When I re-read that book recently, I was startled to find that it had some disturbing comments about gender roles. Strictly No Elephants is the inclusion book for a new generation. It has the same great message, and it also features a tree house, which was one of the main reasons I loved No Girls Allowed as a child. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/10/perfect-picture-book-friday-strictly-no.html
A lovely book with charming illustrations and a really touching message. When I have kids, I will definitely buy a copy for them.