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Elbert, the Curious Clock Tower Bear

Andrew Prahin, Andrew Prahin (Illustrator)


List Price: 17.99*
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An inquisitive bear discovers the wonders of the world around him in this utterly charming picture book that celebrates curiosity, asking questions, and being true to yourself.

Unlike the other mechanical bears in the village clock tower, Elbert can't help but notice all the marvelous things around him--snow falling in winter, fireworks in the night sky, the magnificent stag standing in the cobbled street below. But when Elbert's growing curiosity threatens to disrupt the orderly life of the clock tower, the other bears decide Elbert must go. What's a small bear with a big curiosity to do? Explore, of course! And maybe even find a way to spread his inquisitive spirit. Here's the perfect book for readers young and old who believe that staying curious is more important than following the rules.

Praise For Elbert, the Curious Clock Tower Bear

"This sweet story has gorgeous, soft illustrations to match its tone. The pencil drawings with muted colors move into breathtaking double-page spreads that could tell the story even without the narrative. Use this title to explain the concept of curiosity and to celebrate curiosity in children." --School Library Connection, starred review

"Beautifully written and illustrated, this book is a delight with a powerful message about remaining curious. Elbert’s countdown appears on alternating pages, with the clock tower’s face displaying the time, which could be useful in helping young readers learning to tell time. The text is full of lush vocabulary and deep thinking, pondering where curiosity lives in the body.... Worthwhile to any reader young or old." --School Library Journal

"Prahin’s pencil and digitally colored illustrations create a world fit for exploration. Elbert’s wide-eyed approach to the world highlights how much there is to be gained by staying open to new experiences." --Publishers Weekly

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780525513988, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

About the Author

Andrew Prahin is the author of the picture book Brimby's Hats, which received two starred reviews. He lives and works in Chicago. Learn more at Follow him on Twitter @AndrewPrahin.