There’s always fun to be had if you know where to look.
It’s a bright, sunlit morning, and two sweet elephant babies, Ed and Kip, are ready to play. Chorao’s charming watercolor illustrations depict the appealing pachyderm pair as they frolic and stroll through a colorful rain forest, while simple text, closely tied to the pictures, gives just the right amount of repetition for young readers and succinctly describes the elephants’ adventures. It all starts when Monkey drops a rock, which naturally leads to a game of catch. But the rock seems to have a mind of its own, and its continued rolling leads to an unexpected alliance with a big bug as well as an altercation with a toothy crocodile. Clearly, this day is far from uneventful. The format works well as an early reader or a picture book for the very young, and the comic-book–type panels and dialogue bubbles will attract fans of that genre as well. When the rock is lost, it looks like the excitement has come to an end—until the cheeky monkey drops a log from a tree. “MORE FUN!” rejoice the elephants, who continue to play—until bedtime.
An engaging tale of friendship, play and cooperation, replete with mild suspense and gentle humor. (Early reader. 2-6)