Title: Humperdink, Our Elephant Friend
Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Claire Alexander
The children at playgroup enjoy lots of fun games and love their slide but when Humperdink, a baby elephant, arrives they soon realise that he’s not going to be able to join in their games (the slide doesn’t last long!). The children rally together and show great determination to find a game they can all enjoy and they soon discover a game that is beyond their wildest imaginations…
Sean’s descriptions of playgroup ring so true and Claire has really captured the playgroup/nursery feel as well as seamlessly switching to playing in the garden-come-jungle!
My favourite spread was definitely the arrival of Humperdink – how can it not bring a smile to your face?!
This is such a happy and playful book. I love how natural both the writing and illustrations make the arrival of a baby elephant – it lifts the book and adds another layer of fun. There is a great message underlying this book and I think it is great to read with children either starting nursery or playgroup or even school.
Publisher: Words & Pictures, Quarto Kids
Publication date: 16 May 2019
I am very grateful to the publisher for letting me read this book via Net Galley. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.