Synopses & Reviews
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 doesnandrsquo;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.
Praise for Little Elephants
andquot;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.andquot;
andquot;This is a strange, magical book. Baseandrsquo;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 mouseandrsquo;s thimble helmet to the prophetic circus posters on the walls. A great book to enjoy one-on-one.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Graeme Base has done it again. His beautifully detailed paintings are such an important part of this story.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
"Base (Animalia) sets this magical tale in a threatened farm belt, alluding to the American Dust Bowl era and The Wizard of Oz. Jim, an earnest boy in blue overalls, lives with his anxious mother 'on a wheat farm, and the risk of plague was never far away.' Fearing that pests will spoil the crop, Jim sadly frees his pet mouse. Later, though, a top-hatted traveler promises Jim 'good fortune' and leaves behind a red megaphone; when Jim blows into this horn, he hears 'a faraway trumpeting sound.... A shimmering cloud of gray dust wafted away on the breeze.' That night, Jim's mouse returns, along with happy herd of rabbit-size elephants. Together, the animals bravely battle locusts to save the harvest. Base scatters visual hints throughout the narrative: model biplanes and a photo of a uniformed man suggest Jim's absent father, and elephant and circus images hint at the origins of the mini-pachyderms. Base's portraits of human beings can be awkward, but his tiny elephants who run amok like the bullfrogs in David Wiesner's Tuesday are captivating. Ages 4 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Graeme Base received international acclaim for his smash hit Animalia, which has sold more than 2 million copies. Among his many other beloved and bestselling books are Enigma, The Eleventh Hour, The Water Hole, and The Legend of the Golden Snail. He lives with his family in Melbourne, Australia.