Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Elephantastic by Michael Engler

Receiving a package in the mail is one of life’s singular pleasures. But you really do need to pay attention and make sure the package is meant for you and not your neighbor. Otherwise, you risk running into a disappointing and potentially embarrassing situation.

 Instead of listening to his mom when she instructs him to deliver a package to their upstairs neighbor, Andrew concentrates on constructing his treasure map. When he completes his map, he stumbles upon the package in the hall and assumes it is for him. He opens the mysterious box and discovers a long sought after gift—a stuffed elephant that talks! The elephant’s name is Timbo and he hails from Africa where elephants pretty much can do anything (according to Timbo). With Andrew’s sharp imagination and Timbo’s flair for adventure, the two embark upon a tour of Africa’s valleys, savannahs, and jungles all from the safety of Andrew’s room. The fun is cut short when mom breaks the news that Timbo is meant for Louise, their neighbor. Andrew responsibly hands Timbo off to his rightful owner but is devastated to lose his friend.

 A sweet resolution means that Andrew’s tears do not last forever and the adventures can continue. Elephantastic is a gentle and inviting story about imagination and friendship. Timbo and Andrew are a perfect fit with cheerfully tousled features and heartfelt emotions. For more stories featuring friendship and a heavy dose of imagination check out Have Fun Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. 

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