Sunday, September 23, 2018

Review - Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?
by David Barrow
Date: 2015
Publisher: Gecko Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Elephant wants to play hide and seek. Though readers will deduce that his hiding skills aren't all that good, his human friend plays along.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I guess today is the day for elephants! This is the second picture book I've read about them today (the other one being Pete With No Pants by Rowboat Watkins). Have You Seen Elephant?, however, is the stronger of the two, both in story and in illustration.

Even though Elephant warns the boy that he's very good at hide-and-seek, the boy agrees to play, anyway. Elephant's hiding places are painfully obvious, and although it's not clear if the boy is just humouring him or if he genuinely can't see him, the illustrations still made me smile. And the ending, staying in the same whimsical vein as the rest of the story, is a nice twist.

This is a cute book that kids will probably get a giggle out of. I know I did.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.67 out of 5

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