From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—After several unsuccessful attempts at hiding, Tumpty the elephant is able to trick his friends into thinking he has disappeared. They search the house high and low, and he finally appears after being enticed by cookies and declarations of concern. There are many amusing situations involving Tilly, a little girl, and her animal friends. The characters appear in the prologue in the yellow house they share and are introduced one by one in the following scenes. Not all of the action takes place in the foreground. There is a doorway in the top corner that the animals peek in and out of. It also serves as a foreshadowing device. Text is placed above the character that is speaking and is a larger size. The background consists of a variety of muted tones, which contrast with the brighter mixed-media drawings. The illustrations are whimsical and detailed. Most of the characters have rosy cheeks and wear different patterns, and their emotions are readily apparent. At one point, the pig laughs so hard he is crying, and the chicken falls on her back in a fit of giggles. Tumpty is comedic without realizing it. His antics are similar to those in Mo Willems's "Elephant & Piggie" series (Hyperion). Young children and beginning readers are sure to gravitate to this delightful story that celebrates the joy of friendship.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
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In this delightful new addition to the Tilly and Friends series, housemate Tumpty is hiding. Well, he is closing his eyes and says he is hiding, but of course, he is still easy to see, especially since he is a blue elephant. He puts a cardboard box on his head and gets behind a plant, but Tilly and Hector the pig just laugh at his concealment efforts, as do the rest of the residents of the yellow house. While they’re giggling, Tumpty sneaks off, and a game of hide-and-seek ensues, proving that perhaps Tumpty knows how to hide after all. The watercolor-and-ink art, simple, fresh, and clean, charms, imbuing this diverse group of friends with personality as they participate in activities right at the heart of children’s experiences. Fun to read aloud to lap sitters and groups, as is its companion book, Pretty Pru (2009). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper