This book is beautifully drawn in a hopper-esque style I love. The story tells the tale of how we can help others even when we feel we are small and overlooked.
A sweet story about how an unusually small elephant makes a friend. And finally gets a cupcake!
You'd think that an adorable, tiny, polka-dotted elephant would attract a lot of attention, but not in New York City. Though Little Elliot loves city life, he struggles to be noticed by his bigger, busier neighbors. He's not even tall enough to reach the counter at his favorite cupcake shop! It's not until he meets Mouse (someone "even littler than himself") that Elliot finds both perspective and companionship. Featuring winsome illustrations in a muted, retro-cutesy style, this tale of a pint-sized duo will resonate with young readers who understand the frustration of being overlooked. The adventures of Elliot and Mouse continue in Little Elliot, Big Family.
Elliot is a small elephant who is slightly different (polka dotted) and lives in a big city. He does his best to live on his own, using creative ways to accomplish things such as reaching the ice cream from the freezer and doing the dishes. He enjoys the little things in life. What he really loves is cupcakes. But when he goes to buy a cupcake, no one can see him in front of the counter. He is very sad. He meets a mouse on his way home who is in a similar situation. The mouse cannot reach the food because he is so small. Elephant now feels very big in comparison. The two team up, help each other and become friends.
The biggest draw of this book are the illustrations. They are absolutely gorgeous. They are rich in color and full of fine and beautiful details.
This story is set in an earlier time period (Maybe 1940s) in which you could buy a sandwich for twenty cents. The story is very simple and short which gives it a slow feeling as if you are watching a movie rich in emotion. Eliot looks like a child which is a bit confusing since he lives on his own. He is also the only animal in a world of humans. This story is pure imagination which is okay as it allows the reader to use his or her own imagination. It is recommended for ages 4-8 which is a perfect age range.
More saccharine than sweet, "Little Elliot, Big City" features a small elephant who ostensibly loves NYC despite its grand scale. As the story opens, Elliot appears morose amid the grayed and sepia illustrations; he is too little to catch a cab, open a door or even buy his favourite treat at the cupcake shop.
But when he sees a tiny, hungry mouse trying to climb a trash bin in search of scraps, he manages to get Mouse something to eat and then feels, rather cheesily, “like the tallest elephant in the world!” In return, Mouse helps Elliot get his cupcake and the final image shows the two sharing it through Elliot's window.
Curato's artwork does possess a certain beauty and the recognizable Flatiron and Empire State Buildings give the story Big Apple authenticity. However, the elegance of such a dark, soft palette does little to attract young readers and the book ultimately reads more like a parable for adults than a children's fable.
pink_ladybug_431 thinks this title is suitable for 3 years and over
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