Adult Elvis Presley aficionados more than pint-size readers may most appreciate this bluesy countdown. In the authors' first picture book (as well as the American debut for Australian illustrator Gorissen), they depict 10 Elvis impersonators in outfits from his films, with each spread playing on the lyrics of his hits. After one flies to Vegas and another goes to Graceland, their numbers continue to decrease. "Six little Elvi learning how to drive/ One bought a Caddy and then there were five." The diminutive driver's cowboy hat flies from his head as he barrels down Route 66 in a fin-tailed pink Cadillac. Other popular scenery includes The Heartbreak Hotel and Memphis, and a hound dog on the loose reduces the group's number to three (sporting blue suede shoes). The one remaining lonely Elvis reunites with his brethren-where else?-at a rockin' party hosted at the jailhouse. The authors' text reveals their willing patronage to the King, and Gorissen's acrylics sparkle with all the glitter of a Vegas performance. Ages 2-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Elvis is alive in this counting book. Young readers will practice counting along with ten Elvi and the songs of Elvis. Follow the little Elvi as they decrease in numbers by singing about heaven, going to Graceland, learning to drive, practicing their kicks, and getting their heart broken. Although the book offers colorful illustrations, young readers may become confused with the informal use of language such as struttin' instead of strutting. Parents may recognize the references to Elvis and his songs. However, younger readers may not be as charmed with the signer from decades ago. The same is true with some of the references, such as when the little Elvi buy a Caddy. A young child will probably not understand the significance to this type of car. Parents would do best to find a different counting book for their young readers. 2004, Tricycle Press, Ages 1 to 3.
PreS-K-From its ridiculous illustrations to its esoteric references, this silly little counting book is rife with references that will be completely lost on the "10 little monkeys" set. One wonders, in fact, what its purpose is, other than to amuse its creators and those parents who are old enough to be Elvis fans. A typical line reads, "Three little Elvi wearing blue suede shoes-one was stepped on and then there were two." Awkward rhyming, gratuitous violence, and an obtuse reference are all wrapped up in one little line. Each page features a different color: all bright, some garish, and all filled with visual pokes for the Elvis-loving crowd. Listen to his records instead.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.