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OLIVER ELEPHANT by Louise Peacock Kirkus Star


by Louise Peacock ; illustrated by Helen Stephens

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5362-0266-3
Publisher: Nosy Crow

Noah and his little sister, Evie-May, are Christmas shopping with Mommy.

The family heads to a “Christmassy shop” with a long gift list. Evie-May is in a stroller, and Noah has a stuffed elephant named Oliver with him. Noah’s love for his favorite toy is evident in the first few illustrations, and the two have lots of imaginary fun with all of the colorful merchandise in the store while Mommy checks names off of the list. Their adventure, complete with the odd mishap or two, is delivered in rhyming text and light, airy, expressive illustrations. Noah and Oliver eventually tire of shopping, and they all stop at a cafe, where a slice of chocolate cake brings a smile back to Noah’s face—but Oliver slips off Noah’s seat, and they leave without him. When Noah discovers that Oliver is lost, he panics. Children will relate to Noah’s anguish as he, Mommy, and Evie-May retrace their steps, revisiting all of the places they’d been, with no luck. Noah cries, “Oliver Elephant, where can you be? / Oliver Elephant, come back to me!” Children will delight in discovering Oliver’s hiding place. Some sharp-eyed readers may even have predicted where he’s been.

A sweet, charming story of overcoming familiar difficulties during the hectic holiday season, with the help of those who love you.

(Picture book. 3-6)