Have You Seen Elephant? – written and illustrated by David Barrow

  Have You Seen Elephant? – written and illustrated by David Barrow, Gecko Press, (9781776570096), 2016.

Format: Paperback Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? In this adorable picture book, a little brown-skinned boy plays hide and seek with his large elephant friend. The elephant cautions him, “I must warn you though. I’m very good.” The boy fails to find elephant in various hiding places, though he will be easily found by readers as parts of him stick out from behind the curtains, beneath the covers of the bed, and under the lampshade.  When he hides behind the television, the boy’s dad can’t see him either, although elephant is so large, he’s actually holding the television in his lap!  After the elephant reveals himself, the friends are approached by a new friend – a turtle who wants to play tag! I loved the gentle humor of the boy unable to find the enormous elephant.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for pre-K through first grade for reading one-on-one or for reading aloud in group storytimes.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries, especially those with an eye to expanding their “We Need Diverse Books” offerings.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with other Picture Books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  6/27/17

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