Little Elephants

Little Elephants

Book - 2012
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One little boy living on a farm in rural Texas gets a big surprise when he discovers tiny flying elephants under his bed. But his mom doesn't like critters in the house, so he tries to keep them a secret. Until one day they escape from his bedroom and cause havoc in the house. But when locusts invade the farm and start to destroy crops, the elephants come to the rescue!
Bestselling author-illustrator Graeme Base has created a unique story with his signature illustrations, which are sure to appeal to young readers.

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"The minimal text wisely recedes for Base's gorgeous paintings, and the story's very implausibility is a large part of the delight... An offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"This is a strange, magical book. Base's lush paintings ground the fanciful story in its realistic rural setting. At the same time, the landscapes are suffused with a golden glow that casts a soporific charm over the whole book. Interesting visual details abound, from the mouse's thimble helmet to the prophetic circus posters on the walls. A great book to enjoy one-on-one."
-- School Library Journal

"Graeme Base has done it again. His beautifully detailed paintings are such an important part of this story."
-- Library Media Connection
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2012
ISBN: 9781419704635
Branch Call Number: E BAS
Characteristics: [40] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm

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ChristchurchLib Dec 26, 2012

"On a wheat farm in the era of both Dorothy and the Dust Bowl, a young boy has to give up a pet mouse because it threatens his family's harvest. While the setting of this book is realistic, the story takes a fantastical turn not far in and from there is filled with surprise and delight. (As the title and cover give away, very small elephants are a part of the fantasy... but we'd rather not spoil the story any further.) Those who enjoy extravagantly detailed and whimsical artwork, especially fans of author Graeme Base's earlier books Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, will be delighted by the interesting visual tidbits in Little Elephants, which Kirkus Reviews describes as 'an offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment.'" Picture Books December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=584229

forbesrachel Sep 05, 2012

A fantastical tale with wonderful artwork. The pieces of the story jump from random place to place, nevertheless it is charming.

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