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Friday 29 October 2010

Review: The Big Elephant in the Room

"Can we talk about the big elephant in the room?"

This one little question makes the donkey nervous. Clearly he has a guilty conscience, and begins asking if the "big problem" in question is because he ate all the ice-cream? Maybe it's about the video game he hadn't yet returned or the backhanded compliment he gave his friend or made fun of him?

Well? Which is it?

Sorry - you'll have to read to find out. This is one picture book that adults will want to read right to the end without a spoiler.

I guarantee you'll have a good laugh at this book - and so will the kids.

The main character, the paranoid donkey, is so full of life, so guilty and has such a sense of humour that you'll have a good giggle at his antics.

This book, in true Lane Smith style, is charming in its retro-style illustrations and the text that runs all over the pages, in banners and fancy fonts and big, bold patterns.

And those characters. Honestly, you have to see this book. Original. Funny. Brilliant.

I'm still laughing.

Title: The Big Elephant in the Room
Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Disney Book Group, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2010
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781423116677
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture book

This book is available online