Have You Seen Elephant?

have_you_seen_elephantstars /5

It all starts with Elephant’s simple question, “Would you like to play hide and seek?”, and from there this picture book introduces characters with the unlikeliest of skills. Elephant’s choice of hiding spots will entertain children as the boy moves from room to room looking for him. If you need a hint to find Elephant yourself, the dog turns out to be pretty good at hide and seek even when the boy is stumped by Elephant’s clever hiding places. Once the whole house has been searched, the game moves outside, where Elephant and the boy meet a turtle who wants to play a game. “Would you like to play tag?”

Author and Illustrator David Barrow has already won several awards for his children’s book illustrations, including the Sebastian Walker Award for the most promising children’s illustrator in 2015. High expectations will not be disappointed with Have You Seen Elephant? I absolutely love the illustrations throughout the book; they are sure to capture the imagination of eager Elephant seekers and turtle racers alike. Barrow has even managed to tuck a little extra fun in the front and back covers, where the family portraits make room for the new friends.

Originally published in San Francisco Book Review.


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