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Errol and His Extraordinary Nose Hardcover – March 1, 2010
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—At school, Errol the elephant is thought to be clumsy and awkward by his peers. When a talent show is announced, he tries and fails at juggling, playing the tuba, and dancing. Discouraged, he does not want to enter the show. Luckily his understanding father gives him a book enumerating the special skills that elephants possess. Errol makes good use of the information, and he not only takes first place but gains the friendship of his classmates as well. The text sneaks in some factual information about these animals, but the lively illustrations really take center stage. The spreads are colorful and engaging, featuring expressive characters that at times fill the pages. Spoiler alert: the book cover shows Errol with his winning medal, so the story's suspense is limited. Pair this with Jean de Brunhoff's "Babar," Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who! (1954, both Random), or Mo Willems's "Elephant & Piggie" books (Hyperion) for an elephant-themed storytime.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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The message may be a standard one, but its vehicle is particularly friendly and comforting to younger children. All the other animals on the playground think that Errol the elephant is clumsy and has a silly nose, but after reading a book about elephants that provides some empowering information he wows an audience of peers and parents at a talent show by using his trunk as a hand, a snorkel and a hose. Off he goes to show his book to fascinated classmates, sharing the best talent of all...making friends. While the message and outcome are no big surprise, Conway includes audience-pleasing details: The teacher is a tortoise (of course), a chorus of finches singing to an orchestra of meerkats and Abraham the Anaconda ate two hundred pancakes. The animal cast members look like plush toys in Angaramo s big, simple, coarsely brushed paintings, and smiles outnumber tears by a wide margin. A big bowl of literary chicken soup for any calf in need of a dose of self-confidence. (Picture book. 5-7)
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