Strictly No Elephants

by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo

“The trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite... read more

“The trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite fit in.” Indeed, all the other kids in the neighborhood have ordinary pets like dogs and cats. So when the elephant owner shows up for Pet Club Day at number 17, he is crushed to see a sign on the door that reads “Strictly No Elephants.” Walking back home, he runs into a girl with a pet skunk who was also unwelcome, so the two of them form their own pet club, where everyone is welcome. Taeeun Yoo’s linoleum block print and pencil illustrations show an intriguing array of pets being brought to the club meeting—a porcupine, a giraffe, a bat, a penguin, and a narwhal, ultimately followed by two kids with their dogs—because everyone is welcome. (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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