The Elephant by Peter Carnavas, 164 pages. CHAPTER BOOK. Pajama Press, 2020. $18.
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Olive has watched the big, grey elephant follow her dad around all the time, and she wishes the elephant would just go away. When Olive’s friend Arthur helps give Olive an idea, she’ll need a lot of help to carry out her plans.
The imagery and simple, child view of this story are amazing. I love how Carnavas illustrates sadness and happiness in a clear and uncomplicated way. While solutions to sadness and challenges might now always be overcome by one event, I think Olive’s attitude and approach to cheering others up should be spread to people everywhere. Olive is an inspiring girl, and I found the charming illustrations to be the perfect complement to her story.
Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen