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Hiding Phil Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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From School Library Journal
PreS-K–A turquoise elephant rides into town on a Pachyderm Bus and is sitting on a bench when three siblings and their pup spot him and take him home with them. Phil turns out to be a patient, fun playmate. Worried about their parents' reaction to their new pal, the children try to hide him in a pile of leaves, but he is allergic (“AAAACHOO!”). They drape him in a sheet with the word “clubhouse” on it, but his feet and trunk stick out, and Mom and Dad aren't fooled. Phil has to go. The entire family takes him back to the bus stop, where the parents suddenly have a change of heart about saying good-bye to Phil. No explanation is given for why they change their minds. Large, cheerful illustrations with spare text in dialogue balloons make this a fun read. It is Phil's playful personality that makes the book so charming.–Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When the Pachyderm Bus Line drops off Phil the elephant, he soon meets three children who invite him to play. They have a great time jumping rope, sliding down his trunk, playing in the park, and giving him a bubble bath. But panic grips the children when they realize how their parents will react to a pet elephant. All attempts to hide Phil fail, and their parents insist they return him to the bus stop. A tearful goodbye is followed by a surprise happy ending. Simple but expressive cartoon illustrations complement the spare text. Infused with visual humor, the book makes good use of space and pacing, with a mix of small panels, traditional layouts and bleed-to-edge two-page spreads. The fun premise and the range of emotions conveyed through a carefully drawn eyebrow will appeal to children from young preschool through kindergarten. The limited text also lends itself to use as a beginning reader. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Suzanne Harold
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Great option, no doubts!
by Eric Barclay
Illustrated by the author
Eric Barclay has illustrated four books; this is his first as author and illustrator and he knocks it out of the park!
Three children and their dog find a loveable blue elephant at a bus stop. They ask him to play with them and take him home. Phil and the children jump rope, play on the see-saw, and the kids give Phil a bubble bath in their baby pool (it's a large baby pool, indeed).
It suddenly dawns on the kids--maybe Mom and Dad won't be so happy to see their new LARGE playmate. They try to hide Phil but find out the hard way that it's difficult to hide an elephant. Mom and Dad find Phil and take him back to the bus stop but then give Phil a second chance.
Hiding Phil is cute, clever, and contagious. Young kids will love Phil and the kids' attempts at hiding him. The captivating artwork brings Phil to life and the expressions on the kids' faces tell the story. Even the small dog is perfect on every page.
Highly, highly recommended ages 3-5 and older. This is the perfect bedtime story and one sure to make little ones giggle (okay, and parents, too).
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