At first view, this is a book about a heist - a very unusual heist, with a stuffed elephant as the target. But as you read on, you discover that it is in fact about family, and belonging. Kirsty loses her beloved grandad, and before he dies she promises she will maintain his allotment. But the adult world sees things differently, and Kirsty, soon joined by her stepsister and brother, takes radical and madcap action to publicise her cause.
This book talks about grieving, and how hard it is sometimes for a young girl to understand the grown-up world. Kirsty is a determined, funny girl with a wild imagination, who will not give up when she meets difficulties: I was sad to bid goodbye to her at the end of the book. Elen Caldecott writes in a style which is deceptively simple: she is honest about death and bereavement, not glossing over the pain, but she writes with a light touch and a gentle humour which entertain and amuse. I look forward to her next book!