Mr. Elephanter

By Lark Pien; Lark Pien (Illustrator)
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763644093, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 28, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
“I found Mr. Elephanter a delight, and full of surprises. From the get-go the reader sees elephants portrayed as tiny characters, much like preschoolers. And their caretaker? He is a capable, kind old man. So many children say goodbye to their parents every morning and are cared for by a variety of people. This book has appeal.”
-- Valerie Lewis, Hicklebee's, San Jose, CA


Come visit the Elephantery, where Mr. Elephanter looks after the peppy elephanties! A charming, quirky picture book debut by an acclaimed cartoonist.

Early every morning, Mr. Elephanter arrives at the Elephantery to care for his diminutive charges, who greet him with toots and trumpets. There are hugs and hellos all around! They all eat pancakes, paddle and splash in the neighborhood pool, and parade through the bustling city. After naps, Mr. Elephanter pretends he’s a tunnel, tower, and bridge, while the elephanties play all around him. In fresh watercolors exuding warmth and whimsy, Lark Pien introduces the doting Mr. Elephanter—and the most adorable miniature creatures you’ll ever meet.

About the Author

Lark Pien is the colorist for the National Book Award Finalist and Michael L. Printz Award Winner AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Yang and the author and illustrator of the comic LONG TAIL KITTY. MR. ELEPHANTER is based on a character that first appeared in one of her hand-printed minicomics. She lives in Oakland, California.

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