In this story, three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home. Read more...
In this story, three siblings come upon an elephant named Phil and decide to bring him home. "Our parents will love Phil " they cry out excitedly. Until it dawns on them: "Uh, oh . . ." No they won't
So what do they do? Try to hide him, of course They try to stuff him into their doghouse--but he's too big. They throw a sheet over him with a sign that reads, "Club House: Keep Out " But their parents still inquire, "Um, is that an elephant?" Can the kids convince their parents to keep Phil, or will they have to bring him back where he belongs?
Writer and illustrator Eric Barclay brings this story to life with eye-catching illustrations that will make you laugh out loud, and dialogue that is both poignant and clever. The love between these kids and Phil is palpable, and will leave the reader itching for more
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-05
- Reviewer: Staff
How to camouflage an elephant so your parents won’t see him? That’s the dilemma three eager siblings face after they discover a blobby blue elephant named Phil sitting at the bus stop. Barclay’s (I Can See Just Fine) story unfolds through minimal speech-balloon dialogue, giving his cartooning a key storytelling role. After the kids happily jump rope and teeter-totter with Phil and give him an outdoor bubble bath in a kiddie pool, the sister announces to her brothers, “Mom and Dad will love Phil!” All of the characters (even a rubber ducky) make goggle eyes on the next spread as the girl quickly follows up that statement with an “Uh-oh.” Their predictably futile efforts to hide Phil make for lots of physical comedy (“Um. Is that an elephant?” asks the kids’ mother as soon as she sees Phil disguised as a clubhouse). Humor also derives from the kids’ earnestness and the way Barclay telegraphs their emotions as they delight in Phil’s company, bid him a teary adieu, and joyfully welcome him back when their parents relent. Ages 3–5. Agent: Kirsten Hall, the Bright Agency. (Sept.)