The Elephant – Peter Carnavas

   The Elephant – Peter Carnavas, pajama press, (9781772781021), c2017, 2020 

Format: Hardcover

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

 Genre: Realistic fiction

 What did you like about the book? Olive watches the elephant that sits with her father, follows him around and grows ever larger.  Her dad is depressed from her mother’s death to the point of being barely functional.  Fortunately for Olive, her grandfather has moved in.  Grandfather makes her breakfast and lunch and dinner, he picks her up from school taking her on fun secret adventures. But she still needs her Dad – so she must devise some way to make the elephant go away.  The story is lovingly illustrated with drawings throughout.  I love the elephant and Olive’s own imaginary companion, Freddie the dog. Olive’s love for her father – and her grandfather, is so tangible.  A beautiful story beautifully told.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Not a thing.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Those who liked The Runaways by Ulf Stark or who like the Dani stories by Rose Lagercrantz would likely enjoy this sweet story.

Who should buy this book?  Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile Fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 3/10/2020

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