A shipwrecked elephant makes his tiny island a home for the many friends who come to the rescue, in the new picture book from New York Times Illustrated Book Award winning author Leo Timmers.
Caught in a storm, Arnold the elephant washes up on a tiny island. Along comes Mouse in a little dingy and Arnold steps aboard...uh-oh! They use the wreckage to make the island bigger. And here's Dog--can this boat take Arnold's weight? Uh-oh!
None of the animals can save the shipwrecked elephant but each broken vessel provides new materials for another intricate construction. Wheels and pulleys create a Ferris wheel, an elevator, a waffle maker. All the animals work as a team to build increasingly intricate constructions that turn the desert island into a fun park city. Soon there is a whole community and enough space for everyone!
As with all Leo Timmers picture books, Elephant Island has many layers of discovery. Tapping into the childhood pleasure of contraptions, this cheerful picture book is full of complex and playful visual detail and humor that Leo Timmers' readers love. Preschoolers who enjoy meccano and lego will find joy on every page with the creation of each new imaginative construction, packed with mechanical detail on bright double page spreads. Elephant Island is a runaway hit in Europe.
"Yet another triumphant experiment for the award-winning Timmers."--The New York Times
Picture Book finalist, Teach Early Years Awards 2022.
Other books by Leo Timmers:
Monkey On The Run
Where Is The Dragon?
Praise for Elephant Island:
"Yet another triumphant experiment for the award-winning Timmers."--The New York Times, Best Children's Books of 2022
"This light-tension, winking tale of a makeshift homecoming is sure to delight audiences at story time."―Foreword Reviews, starred
"A picture book tribute to the power of collective, constructive play, and to heeding the call to freedom."--Publishers Weekly
"Perhaps the best yet from Leo Timmers.'--Top Children's Books of 2022, The Listener
"The tender yet dynamic verbal and visual narrative never falters in this engaging picture book."--Booklist
"A refutation for anyone who thinks their island is too full to accommodate outsiders." --The Times, Children's Book of the Week
"A picture book tribute to the power of collective, constructive play, and to heeding the call to freedom." --Publishers Weekly
"The tender yet dynamic verbal and visual narrative never falters in this engaging picture book." --Booklist
"A fascinating and funny tale. Hijinks ensue, with a plethora of brilliantly detailed boast for little ones to pore over."--The Scotsman
"(a) unique nautical tall tale." Reading Rockets, Summer Reading Guide
Praise for Leo Timmers
Where Is The Dragon? "A lilting Seussian singsong, with wonderful, surprising rhymes, and little readers and their grown-ups will have a great time combining their voices and giggling through the proceedings." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Monkey On The Run "The silly antics of the little monkey provide forward momentum, but the details in each illustration kept calling us back for a more thorough examination."-- A New York Times / New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book 2019
Gus's Garage "Clearly, one animal's clutter is another pig's livelihood in this buoyant, rhyming tale."--The New York Times
Who's Driving? "Belgian illustrator Leo Timmers creates a delightful play on the fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare", which sees the hare driving a racing car." -- The Telegraph, Book of the Year 2020
A shipwreck is usually a disaster, but Arnold is a resourceful elephant calf, with a built-in snorkel-slash-horn. He makes it safely to an island the size of his feet and signals for help. The one impediment to his rescue? He's not quite aware of his size. This light-tension, winking tale of a makeshift homecoming is sure to delight audiences at story time. Its mixed-media illustrations evoke stop-motion films; the animals' stiff, bewildered looks are humorous, and the colors and clever details are electrifying.
-- (1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Elephant Island. By Leo Timmers. Illus. by the author. Tr. by James Brown Mar. 2022. 40p. Gecko, $18.99 (9781776574346). PreS-Gr. 2
After a boisterous wave sinks his boat, Arnold the seafaring elephant swims for hours before climbing onto a tiny island. A mouse rows by and offers him a ride, but when Arnold steps aboard, the rowboat shatters. They use the wood to build a structure extending the minute island. Increasingly larger boats come to their rescue, break apart, and add to the ramshackle scaffolding and platforms, making space for a large crowd of creatures who join in the nightly singing and dancing. Even after "the sea lost its temper," smashing Arnold's strangely uplifting construction, the elephant uses the debris to build another fantastic structure, full of animal friends who enjoy the ongoing celebrations. Timmers, a Belgian writer-illustrator, creates a likable main character with a creative imagination and engineering skills. From the image of the solitary, stranded elephant quoting the ancient mariner, "Alone, alone, all, all alone. Alone on a wide wide sea," to the scenes depicting his joyous community at the story's end, the tender yet dynamic verbal and visual narrative never falters in this engaging picture book.
-- (3/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
"When a 'boisterous wave' sinks Arnold the elephant's boat--the stormy sea is rendered in almost palpably rough dark brushstrokes--he's stranded on a tiny rock barely the size of his foot. But though several seafaring animals offer to rescue him, each boat is swamped as soon as the pachyderm steps aboard. No matter: like Timmers (Monkey on the Run), Arnold proves a gifted and deeply silly engineer. Salvaging the wreckage, the elephant rigs up an increasingly elaborate, improbable structure atop the diminutive rock, transforming it into a multilevel affair on which the group dances under a starry blue sky and 'all night long sang whale songs.' As is true for any trend-setting spot, 'Soon everyone was setting course for Elephant Island, ' with each new animal deliberately contributing its respective vessel to create a towering attraction--complete with a waffle maker--that's portrayed with subtle sculptural dimensionality. When a second squall gives everyone the chance to head home, the group demurs; it's a picture book tribute to the power of collective, constructive play, and to heeding the call of freedom."--Publishers Weekly
-- (1/18/2021 12:00:00 AM)