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Special Delivery
by Philip Christian Stead and Matthew Cordell


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Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.

This eccentric and hilarious story from Philip C. Stead, the author of the Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee and illustrator Matthew Cordell will surprise and entertain from beginning to end.

This title has Common Core connections.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781596439313
  • ISBN-10: 1596439319
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Elephants

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Stead (Sebastian and the Balloon) channels some Russell Hoban–style loopiness with this story about Sadie, a girl attempting to ship an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, “who lives almost completely alone and could really use the company.” When postal employee Jim shows Sadie how many stamps this would require—a wheelbarrowful—Sadie swipes a handy biplane and stuffs her elephant into the passenger seat. A crash follows, and an alligator comes to the rescue, after which Sadie and her elephant join a band of monkey train robbers, and complete their trip via ice-cream truck. Cordell’s (Rooting for You) loose pen, ink, and watercolor drawings, festooned with cheerful hand-lettered words (the phrase “chugga chugga beans beans” is especially likely to become a household mantra), strike precisely the right note of genteel wackiness. It isn’t easy to sustain and control a story that unfolds with the speed and unpredictability that this one does, but Stead and Cordell—like Sadie herself—deliver the goods. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Emily Van Beek, Folio Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)

 
BookPage Reviews

In the mail

Have you ever bemoaned the price of stamps as you hauled a large package to the post office? Maybe it’s time to consider alternative methods of conveyance. Special Delivery has some exciting—if slightly unusual—suggestions.

A hefty mailing fee launches spirited Sadie on an adventure to surprise her lonely Great-Aunt Josephine with an elephant. Luckily, Sadie has an aviator’s helmet full of courage and creativity, and her elephant is equally bold. They hastily hop an ill-equipped airplane and follow an alligator tour guide. They tempt fate on a monkey-bandit-infested train, and an ice cream truck takes them the last leg of their journey.

Written by Caldecott-winning Philip C. Stead, Special Delivery will win the approval of little readers who wish for an outlandish story. Sadie’s voice provides most of the dialogue, and young adventurers will identify with her unruffled single-mindedness. Energetic illustrations by Matthew Cordell fill in the rest of the story and take the lead for a few full-color spreads.

With animal antics and lighthearted danger, Special Delivery is almost as much fun as, say, getting an elephant in the mail.

 

RELATED CONTENT: Stead and Cordell go Behind the Book for Special Delivery.

This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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