From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 5–Help! Help! There's an elephant in my house! cries George as he runs down the street. This pronouncement is greeted with skepticism and giggles from his neighbors. Reluctantly agreeing that he must be dreaming, he returns home to find that the not-so-imaginary visitor is asleep on the bed and, during the next few days, it proceeds to take over the house. George, who would rather believe his friends than his own eyes, suffers in silence. Eventually, they come to visit, and although no one can fail to notice the enormous pachyderm sunbathing in the yard, each of them refuses to admit it for fear of being ridiculed. The truth is revealed when the elephant's trainer spots his beloved Shiraz and explains that the animal had run away from the circus. George feels much better knowing that he is not nuts after all, and his best friend apologizes for not believing him. And yet, when a pink poodle carrying a suitcase wanders by asking for directions to the train station.... The scribbly, mixed-media artwork suits this deceptively simple story perfectly. Children will be amused by the elephant, drawn far out of proportion to its surroundings. This thoughtful allegory can be an excellent starting point for discussions of fact versus fiction, faith and trust, and self-confidence versus peer pressure.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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C?té’s gentle message is put across with appealing wit. (New York Times
This thoughtful allegory can be an excellent starting point for discussions of fact versus fiction, faith and trust, and self-confidence versus peer pressure. (School Library Journal