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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408818450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408818459
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 0.4 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pippa lives just outside Cambridge. Having started work in the book world as a sixteen year old doing a Saturday job in Heffers Bookshop, she went on to become a publisher's reader, a writer, and a teacher of writing for children. She has written over eighty books for children, and one adult novel. Shortlisted for numerous awards, she has won Mumsnet's Book of the Year for 3-4 Year Olds with her picture book 'You Choose', illustrated by Nick Sharratt. She also writes under the name of Laura Owen when writing the Winnie the Witch storybooks. She enjoys working with primary school children on author visits. See her website:

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Book Description

An elephant has an identity crisis and is helped out by a mouse!

About the Author

Pippa Goodhart is the author of many books for children, including Three Little Ghosties and Arthur's Tractor for Bloomsbury. She lives in Leicester.

Andy Rowland lives in Bury, near Manchester. This is the first book he has illustrated for Bloomsbury. Andy is also published by Ladybird, HarperCollins and Usborne, among others.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carole on 15 Feb. 2014
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I love the story, this is a great books for little ones. It may be more suitable for children 4+ than younger ones though, in order to understand why the story is funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is adorable. 28 Aug. 2014
By MissJulieM - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Little Nelly is reading her big book of knowledge and discovers mice can be gray, they have big ears, and a skinny tail. Little Nelly has all of those things—she must be a mouse! But Little Nelly is actually an elephant. Children know the difference between mice and elephants and they find this funny as well. If your child doesn’t know the difference between a mouse and an elephant, wait to read the book until they do and then it is hilarious! I am a children’s librarian and I read this during a preschool storytime and we had a great time. I love the end, but I won’t spoil it…definitely worth reading if you like funny books!
An elephant who thinks she is a mouse?! 15 Dec. 2014
By Richard and Liz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A little silly but a book that will make young children laugh. Why? Because they will know all through the story that even though Nelly thinks she is a mouse she is in fact an elephant despite what she reads.

Little Nelly was so determined that she was a mouse that the real mice did not have the heart to discourage her. Should they have persisted with the truth? That's for you to decide. Granny Mouse is the one who decides to take Nelly to some of her own kind at the zoo and some deception is involved as the mice paint over the elephant signs. THEN Micky, the mouse, reads Nelly's book and discovers that he is not a mouse after all!

So yes this book could be described as all sorts of things BUT it was written with young children in mind. Are they going to over analyze it like some of us adults do? No, probably not! They are just going to laugh at one silly elephant who thinks she is a mouse due to not doing further research.
A Big Mouse 17 Sept. 2014
By L. Lockwood - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It was a great book that shows the value of accepting differences. No matter what you look like or how big/small you are, you deserve to be treated well. The illustrations match the dialogue and focus on not just the main character but the supporting characters. It's a good read to show your child the importance of being different and why pictures are important too.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Did not like it 13 Feb. 2013
By Nan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Did not like the book at all & wish we hadn't ordered it from the preschool (scholastic) book order... It kept referring to the elephant (Little Nelly) as a mouse and then later in the book Mickey (the mouse) as an elephant. For little kids in the age group of having picture books read to them, this can get very confusing. We should be reinforcing proper names of animals not trying to confuse them.

And the last page "which just goes to show why books should always have pictures" left me speechless! This was the ending we waited for?? My son is 5 and knows the difference between a mouse & an elephant so even though it was confusing we got through all those pages, but when we hit the last page he just sat there and stared and repeated the phrase and I didn't know what to say! What a sore disappointment. And now he thinks that books should always have pictures. Unfortunately I didn't have a good comeback ready because I hadn't previewed the book before we read it.

I am getting rid of this book & hopefully he will forget all about that. It may be a funny story for a 12 year old to read but hopefully they are beyond picture books by then and wouldn't be reading at this level. For the age group this book is geared to it is not a good choice of reading material there are so many other wonderful books out there to choose from. I was very sorry I wasted my money on this one.
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