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Little Elliot, Big City

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Isolated elephant finds pal in sweet tale with dazzling art.

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The art in LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY is particularly striking. Author-illustrator Mike Curato takes us back to a 1940s New York City and lovingly renders the period detail: The cars have running boards, the refrigerators are boxy, and a sign advertises pie for 10¢, as if Elliot has stepped back in time and into an Edward Hopper painting.

Elliot's a charming young elephant spotted with pastel pink and baby blue polka dots, and he has an endearing vulnerability that young readers will relate to. Though he's "different in many ways" and finds it "hard being so small in such a huge place," he cheerfully perseveres and enjoys "the little things ... small treasures ... and most of all, cupcakes!" The message of friendship is gently handled. And who can resist a book in which the endpapers display rows of cupcakes with swirly icing?

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