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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato (C)

by Mike Curato
Expected release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Genre: Children (1yo and up)
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher.


Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. 

In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! 

And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend.



A delightful and magnificently illustrated children's book about a little elephant who finds encouragement from an unexpected new friend.

Little Elliot is a tiny elephant trying to get by in the Big City. But because of his small size, he is easily lost in the crowd and ignored. It is difficult for him to accomplish daily chores and errands. And most importantly, he can never get the attention nor help he needs to buy a much wanted cupcake.
Until one day, he meets someone who is even smaller than he is -  a little white mouse - who seems to be struggling with the same things that Little Elliot is.
Together they become friends, a team, and they help each other accomplish the things that they have always wanted to do. And in the end, they are finally rewarded with a cupcake.

When it comes to picture books, the actual illustrations have to tell me the story - but they not only need to tell me the story, they also need to make me feel what the characters are feeling and thinking before I read the words that are accompanying that page's storytelling. Mike Curato not only gives us the sweetest little elephant and mouse I have ever seen, but also delivers exactly how a little person would portray and feel being in a large city - making us feel even smaller, lonely and sad. But also, through Little Elliot and his mouse friend, gives us encouragement and hope that one day we can accomplish the big things that we want to do.

Little Elliot may be a tiny elephant, but he has the biggest heart I have ever seen, and felt. I highly recommend adding this to your child's shelf and reading it over and over again... one to be handed down to generations to come!

*I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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