Friday, August 19, 2016

Big Fun Friday

New book alert! New Book alert!

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato. It’s adorable. No, wait, it’s awwww-dorable. And funny. And charming. It tells the story of Little Elliot - a polka dotted elephant - and his best friend Mouse, and their day at the boardwalk. Ice cream, games, shows – sounds great right? Nope. Not if you are Little Elliot who sees the rides as too wet, too dizzy, and too fast. So what’s a mouse to do when his buddy has the jitters? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out of course. No spoilers here. 

There is so much to love about BIG FUN. The hilarious, not-at-all-fun Fun House. The heartwarming way that Mouse puts his little paw on Elliott’s knee. The plot that totally brings me back to my first ever amusement park where I was chased a giant swan… (Not any swan, by the way, but, like, a mutant GIANT swan. Possibly with fangs. I was four. It was terrifying. But I digress…)

Add gorgeous artwork that feels vintage and timeless, and this book is a total winner.  There’s even a spread that folds out, creating this amazing panorama over four pages – my kids especially liked that bit.

Whether you buy the book because you are a writer and need a good example of a great picture book, or because you’re a parent who needs to pick something awesome (and re-readable) for bedtime, check out LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN.

And - also - beware of swans.

LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG FUN by Mike Curato, (Henry Holt, 2016)

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