The Big Elephant in the Room

The Big Elephant in the Room

By Lane Smith

Hyperion Books, Hardcover, 9781423116677, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 2009


When one donkey tells his friend that they need to talk about "the big elephant in the room," his friend wonders what this embarrassing issue could possibly be. Is it that fact that he ate all the crunchy nut ice cream? Is it that he picked his friend last for soccer... and baseball, and volleyball? Is it the "going in the pool" incident? Or is it none of those things at all? With hilarious artwork and clever wordplay, Lane Smith demonstrates just how BIG a problem a simple verbal misunderstanding can become.

About the Author
Lane Smith has written and illustrated a bunch of stuff, most recently "There Is A Tribe of Kids", which is set to launch in Summer 2016. He is the author of the middle-grade novel "Return to Augie Hobble, " as well as author and illustrator of "Grandpa Green" which was a 2012 Caldecott Honor book and "It's a Book" which was on the "New York Times" bestseller list for over six months and has been translated into over twenty languages. His other works include the national bestsellers "Madam President" and "John, Paul, George & Ben". His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor winner "The Stinky Cheese Man"; "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"; "Math Curse"; and "Science Verse". Lane's other high profile titles include "Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! "by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky; "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip" by George Saunders; "Big Plans" by Bob Shea; and "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl. In 1996, Lane served as Conceptual Designer on the Disney film version of "James and the Giant Peach".

His books have appeared on the "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book of the Year list four times. Lane and book designer Molly Leach live in rural Connecticut.