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Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  

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Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

When the local Pet Club won't admit a boy's tiny pet elephant, he finds a solution-one that involves all kinds of unusual animals in this sweet and adorable picture book. Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephantsare allowed. The Pet Club doesn't understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.

Reviews

A sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale by Lisa Mantchev. . . . How nice . . . to imagine such a peacable kingdom in our midst, especially as depicted in Taeeun Yoo's intimate, warmly rounded and colored mixed-media illustrations--a richly textured meld of drawing and linocut art finished off in the Photoshop blender. -- The New York Times Book Review * January 17, 2016 * The trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite fit in, says a little boy with a tiny pet elephant. The Pet Club won't let him in, and an angry sign- Strictly No Elephants -explains why. Forlorn, the boy and little elephant stumble on, the boy's warm-toned shirt popping against the background of people in dark blues, blacks, and teal. They find another outcast, a little girl with a skunk, and they decide to start their own club. Soon, owners with other unusual pets join them: a girl with a giraffe, a boy with a hedgehog, even a kid with a tiny narwhal in a glass bowl! Eagle-eyed little ones will notice new friends before they make their way to the pet parade. Though the story is slight, the clear message of inclusion is a good one, and the cheerful, lightly mottled block-print illustrations, with bright outlines and in a rich palette, exude lively motion among the children and their pets. Heartening, particularly for kids who often feel left out. -- Booklist * October 1, 2015 * It's Pet Club Day, and the sign on the door at #17 clearly states, Strictly NO Elephants. Current members treasure their birds, fish, cats, and dogs, but a young boy taking a walk with his tiny elephant, sharing an umbrella in a cool fall rain, sees no welcome for his friend, so he simply gives his usual support. That's what friends do-lift each other over the cracks...brave the scary things for you. The boy and his elephant meet a girl with a skunk, who were also excluded from the Pet Club meeting, and decide to start a club of their own, one in which all are welcome. Friends never leave anyone behind. Illustrations emphasize the warmth of this message with Photoshop, block prints, and pencil in color spreads alternated with smaller vignettes highlighting the expressions of the children and their pets. VERDICT With a gentle message of inclusion and helping others, this title reaches beyond a mere friendship story. A solid general purchase for libraries and classrooms. * School Library Journal * Having a tiny elephant for a pet sounds idyllic, but a boy discovers that the local Pet Club doesn't allow them

they and their children join others with equally exotic pets. Yoo's concluding scenes depict a treehouse occupation (its restrictive message changed to ALL ARE WELCOME ) and multiethnic, multispecies harmony. Sweet and affirming. -- Kirkus * August 15, 2015 *

About the Author

Lisa Mantchev is the author of Strictly No Elephants, Sister Day!, and the Theatre Illuminata series. She studied drama at the University of California, Irvine, and now lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her family. Taeeun Yoo has illustrated many books for young readers, including So Many Days and Only A Witch Can Fly, both by Alison McGhee. Taeeun studied Korean brush painting at Hong Ik University in South Korea and attended graduate school in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Seoul and New York City. Visit her at TaeeunYoo.com.

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Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Lisa Mantchev
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Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Publication date

1st October 2015

ISBN

9781481416474


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