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Little Elliot, Big City (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 40
 
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4.5/ 5


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An engaging story, a likable character, and beautiful artwork make for a book your kids will love.

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It is short and sweet, and makes for a very quick read.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Little Elliot is just a cute little elephant, trying to get by in the big city. Mike Curato delights with his new picture book about an adorable spotted elephant name Little Elliot. Being rather on the small side for an elephant, Elliot finds that many things are quite difficult for him. He can’t reach those […]

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Posted August 20, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Little Elliot is just a cute little elephant, trying to get by in the big city.

Mike Curato delights with his new picture book about an adorable spotted elephant name Little Elliot. Being rather on the small side for an elephant, Elliot finds that many things are quite difficult for him. He can’t reach those high doorknobs, washing dishes is akin to taking a bath, and he’s always go to watch out for being stepped on. It’s hard being a little elephant in a big city, and Little Elliot’s plight is one that small children will instantly relate to – and it sure doesn’t hurt that this tale of persevering against the odds and holding out for friendship is packaged in the form of an expertly drawn polka dotted elephant that young kids will instantly fall in love with.

Although Elliot has a hard time being little, he does have many things he does enjoy, and the two intertwine when Elliot wants to purchase something he very much enjoys (a delicious cupcake), but cannot because he is too little to be some over the counter. A very sad Elliot soon comes across someone even smaller than he is, and finds that even someone as small as Elliot can be a big help if they only try. In the end, Elliot gets a cupcake *and* a friend – and best of all, confidence that he is helpful and important, no matter his size.

As parent to five children, I have read many picture books, and I find the ones that children ask for again and again have a certain quality that others lack. Little Elliot, Big City definitely has that quality, and the young children I read it to absolutely loved it. The illustrations of Elliot and his adventures around the city have a very retro feel to them, and they give Elliot a likable quality that is easy for kids to sympathize with (and they give kids a lot to look at as well). Even as an adult, I was able to appreciate the quality of the artwork that went into the book. The story of Elliot is quite simple and easy to read, yet it gets across a lot of story and personality despite its brevity. Little Elliot, Big City is a book your young pre-readers will love.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)