THE SECRET ELEPHANT OF HARLAN KOOTER by Dean Harvey

THE SECRET ELEPHANT OF HARLAN KOOTER

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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 What happens to Harlan Kooter when Hannibal, an elephant, escapes from a circus and finds shelter in his mother's garage. Fantasy prevails here: Hannibal neither eats nor defecates, and he speaks vernacular English. While hotly pursued by police and the military, he and Harlan move at night--delivering papers, investigating swimming pools, hiding out. Then a hurricane sweeps the town and Hannibal emerges to save the class bully and the class smarty. After a hero's farewell, he seizes the opportunity to take a boat to Africa. Readers unfamiliar with clichÇs like small, red-haired paperboys and funny names will enjoy the broad comedy (e.g., Hannibal throwing everything out of a bakery truck to find cookies) and the fast-paced adventures. More experienced heads will nod. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-395-62523-8
Page count: 130pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1992