Elephant Joe, Brave Knight!
By David Wojtowycz
(Random House Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780307930873, 32pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
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Elephant Joe, brave knight, will! (With his trusty sidekick, Zebra Pete, of course.) But there's an unexpected twist in this tale. Is the damsel in distress who she seems to be? And what happens when Elephant Joe and Zebra Pete wake the dragon guarding the Dark Knight's tower? There'll be lots of jousting and heroics before it's all over in this comical adventure from British author-illustrator David Wojtowycz. And we mean comic-al! Witty asides and clever dialogue in word balloons add to the hilarity and captivating design.
DAVID WOJTOWYCZ has illustrated dozens of books for children, many of which he has also written, such as the myriad adventures of Elephant Joe, and A Cuddle for Claude, which inspired an animated television series broadcast in England, where the books were originally published. One of David's most successful books is Rumble in the Jungle, written by Giles Andreae. David grew up in England and divides his time between London, Berlin, and Chicago.
Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 17, 2012:
“Illustrated in colorfully eclectic digital collage…[Elephant Joe, Brave Knight!] takes gleeful pleasure in upending fairy tale cliché.”