‘An elephant?’ Arthur gasped. ‘In your house? But... is it real?’
Olive leaned a little closer and lowered her voice.
‘Well, that’s the thing...’
Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as a large grey elephant following him around. With the help of her cheery grandfather and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase away her father’s elephant.
‘Sprinkled with humour and endearing illustrations, The Elephant is a must read. It will not rip your heart in two with unchecked tragedy. It will, however, massage it firmly and then fill it with gladness. I can’t love this enough.’ Boomerang Books
‘The Elephant is an essential read for ages seven and up, and we recommend this be a family read – first, to answer any questions, and secondly, because we guarantee no adult will want to miss out on this brilliantly written book.’ Better Reading Kids
‘There is much to enjoy and savour here: a rich theme, carefully realised characters, delicate line drawings, a satisfying story, gentle humour and sensitive careful language.’ The CBCA’s Reading Time
‘The Elephant is a gentle exploration of family issues associated with depression, told through the eyes of a child, in such a way that readers will gain understanding and empathy’ The Sunday Telegraph
‘Carnavas takes the tough topic of caregiver depression and gives it a delicate, graceful touch. His plot weaves tightly together, and the ending twist is a lovely completion. Black-and-white spot illustrations throughout give a visually accessible feel, as do the short chapters....A delicate, lovely story about caregiver depression that will validate and empower readers.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘The warm, plain, rich written text is more than sufficient to mark The Elephant as excellent, but Carnavas’s playful, emotionally evocative line drawings catapult the work into the exceptional realm....[A] must-buy for everyone who knows anyone touched by mental health issues – which is everyone. This book belongs in every home, library and classroom. Highly Recommended.’ CM Magazine
‘The Elephant is an endearing, exceptional story about dealing with loss and supporting those involved. The relationships in the story are positive ones including the important way that Olive’s grandfather lovingly cares for his granddaughter’s needs during this difficult time. This heartwarming novel is the best book that I’ve read pertaining to loss. Highly recommended!’ Toronto.com
‘The Elephant is a great book for a lot of reasons. From a structural standpoint, it helps ease young readers into the novel format….Thematically, The Elephant deals with issues of loss and depression without getting too heavy.’ Kids Make Mess