Edgerton causes havoc, breaking everything he touches; however, his heart is in the right place, and he finally saves the day.
When Edgerton the elephant pays a visit to his new neighbor and finds him gone, the pachyderm tries to do something nice. Unfortunately, everything goes wrong. He breaks a bowl while putting away the dishes and crushes the TV remote. Even picking flowers results in a mangled mess for this hapless elephant. It isn’t easy managing with four huge feet. But when he discovers that the house is on fire, Edgerton quickly uses his mighty trunk to douse the flames. LaVoo’s digital illustrations nicely incorporate scanned paper textures, adding interest and appeal to the simple story, and they bring to mind Eric Carle’s magnificent paperwork. Unfortunately, the little boy whose house Edgerton has just wrecked and then saved seems off-puttingly cartoonish compared to the artistically rendered elephant. The design elements all work well for young children: Clean lines and uncluttered backgrounds keep the focus on Edgerton and his bumbling efforts to help; the animations and interactive elements are simple but engaging; and the narration is clear and well-paced, effectively conveying the emotions throughout the story arc.
Young children will appreciate this simple friendship story about a good-hearted elephant who saves the day. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)