You never know when a best friend will be delivered to your doorstep. And that's just what happens to Andrew when a mysterious box arrives with a talking stuffed elephant inside! The two new friends set off on an adventure, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, crawling through sun-filled savannahs, and exploring a deep, dark jungle. They're having an elephantastic afternoon together -- until Andrew's mommy interrupts. It turns out the box was delivered to the wrong address! It was actually meant for Louise, the neighbor upstairs . . .
Michael Engler's charming tale, matched with glowing images by Joelle Tourlonias, make Elephantastic! a story young readers will want to experience again and again.
Author Michael Engler grew up in Lower Saxony, Germany, where he spent many childhood days dreaming about having adventures in exciting lands with snow-capped mountains and lion-filled savannahs. Joelle Tourlonias, born in Hanau, Germany, studied visual communication with an emphasis on illustration and painting at the Bauhaus University Weimar. She has illustrated more than 30 children's books. The author and illustrator each reside in Dusseldorf, Germany.
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''A lovely testament to the power of imagination, adventure, and friendship, this is a rich addition to elementary collections.''
''Andrew is so busy drawing a treasure map, he really does not hear what Mommy says about delivering the package in the hall to their upstairs neighbors. So when he finally gets to the package, he figures it is for him and opens it. It's a large stuffed elephant! Its name is Timbo, and it speaks to him! They immediately go on many adventures: climbing mountains, hiking through jungles and dancing in the valleys. This is all illustrated in double-page, full-bleed spreads in which the furniture and artifacts in Andrew's home transmute themselves into mountains and jungles and valleys, just as they do in children's play everywhere. When Mommy finds Andrew, she tells him gently that the package was meant for Louise upstairs. Louise is delighted to get her present, but Andrew is heartbroken to leave Timbo behind. His melancholy is solved very neatly when a barefoot Louise comes downstairs to announce that Timbo misses Andrew, and the three have adventures together. Browns and golds dominate the pictures, and children and elephant have button-dot eyes and, for the children, comma noses. . . . The household is as much a character as the stuffie and kids, its cozy accoutrements overlaid with Andrew's (and Timbo's) imaginations. A sweet celebration of the imagination. (Picture book. 5-8.)''
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