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Erica's Elephant Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016
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Erica is an eminently sensible girl faced with both the joy and difficulty of owning a real live elephant.
I couldn't put this down and I'll be buying it for my friend's children. A stonkingly good Tronky-romp!
If you choose to read one children's book this year, make sure that it's this one!
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- The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King
- Squishy Mcfluff: The Invisible Cat! by Pip Jones
- Sophie's Snail by Dick King-Smith
- The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson
- Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
- Witch for a Week by Kaye Umansky and Ashley King
There's really only one thing you need to know about this book: it's just brilliant! Pack it in your suitcase for a treat while you're on holiday (it deserves to be read in a special location). Or if you're not going away, save it for a rainy day when you want to be cheered up. If you could read it at the seaside whilst eating an ice cream, that would be perfect!
As with all the best children's books, Erica is pretty much left to her own devices, so when her uncle sends her an elephant, she has to handle a series of tricky events. The characters she meets along the way are all a bit eccentric, and she learns that first appearances can be deceptive.She soon develops a special bond with the elephant (who has a bad knee), and when the authorities want to put him in the zoo, she devises a cunning plan. Erica (a practical girl we are told!) reminds me of Pippi Longstocking with her stoic, resilient attitude and unique perspective of the world.
What grabs you from the start is the voice: so warm, witty and bubbly. Reading this story is like slurping a delicious milkshake that you've spent ages blowing bubbles in. It is light and frothy, yet very satisfying. The voice reminded me a lot of Roof Toppers, which is my favourite book from the past few years, so in a way Erica's Elephant feels like a younger sister, and hooray for that! I'm very much looking forward to reading more of Sylvia's books in the future.
Ashley King's illustrations add so much to the story too - they are a perfect match for this delightful story. I love his style! He's going to be One To Watch.
I think kids would love this if they enjoy watching Mr Popper's Penguins or Paddington; or if they enjoy reading Pippi Longstocking or Horrid Henry. It's perfect for animal lovers too!
The book is aimed at the 7-9 age group.
Pippa Wilson @hellopipski
10th June 2016
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