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Wednesday 13 September 2017

Review: Ella Who?

When a baby elephant sneaks into a family's new home on moving day, a young girl tries to tell her family. They're all so busy and distracted, however, that the elephant goes unnoticed.

The new friends spend the day together, until someone comes looking for an elephant named Fiona, who has gone missing from the neighbourhood animal sanctuary. Luckily, the animal sanctuary is close by, offering plenty of potential new friends for the little girl.

This is a simple story about a child's ability to find joy and fun, without the company of grown-ups. It is also about making new friends and the wonderful quality of little people to do it so effortlessly, finding out one another's likes and dislikes, and the things they have in common.

Gentle and adorable, with a lovely sense of humour, this book is sure to delight. Its super-sweet illustrations take the reader directly into the world of the baby elephant and the little girl, with the grown-ups' faces hidden for most of the book. There are lashing of colour and pattern, with plenty of playful touches. 

But beware the sting in the tail for the grown-ups, who are portrayed as too busy and preoccupied (even at the end when the unpacking is finished) to properly listen to their daughter. After all, it's not every day you become friends with an elephant. 

Title: Ella Who?
Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Sara Sanchez
Publisher: Sterling, $22.99
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781454919049
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book