When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. So begins an unlikely friendship. But can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?
How did I get the book? Received for blog tour
Review: This is the ideal book when you wish for a couple of hours of charming storytelling. It is also suitable to reading aloud to a younger audience, who I imagine would be most captivated by the Elephant’s nuanced TRONKing. (I envision this should be done in many different voices to optimum effect.) 😀
Erica copes with the unexpected arrival of the Elephant remarkably well. The fact that going to bed with a book is one of her coping strategies just makes her all the more endearing. The Elephant and Erica become friends soon enough, though their solution to financing his food attracts unwanted attention, but also new friends. I’m not spoiling it but I simply adored the true friend Erica and the Elephant made.
Erica’s Elephant is a sweet story; I really enjoyed this book a lot. Plus the illustrations by Ashley King are lovely and add an extra delightfulness to the story.
Sylvia Bishop is 23 years old and has recently graduated from Oxford. She is one half of the brilliant improvised comedy duo Peablossom Cabaret (www.peablossomcabaret.com).
ERICA’S ELEPHANT is her first book, and she intends it to be the first of many quirky stories for young readers.