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An Elephantasy

An Elephantasy
Written by Maria Elena Walsh
Pushkin £7.99
ISBN: 978-1782690993

You are up early, and ready to take your geranium for a walk, but, as you open the front door you are greeted by an abandoned elephant with a letter. What do you do? Well, you invite him in, of course!

So begins the magical, crazy and, at times, thought-provoking journey of the book's young narrator and Dailan Kifki, the elephant. Dailan Kifki falls ill at the top of a very tall tree and only the fire brigade can bring him down. Unfortunately, this process results in the elephant and fireman flying off together and vanishing into the distance.

This wonderfully charmingly, imaginative tale describes the ever-increasing band of people who chase after the missing couple, and the adventures they have. We meet a grumpy dwarf, a fold-up forest, the Union of Kite Flyers, and a very grumpy brother, who repeatedly mutters, "We're toast". This surreal adventure story, set in a world of pure imagination, will appeal to children and adults alike, as there are numerous layers to its plot and characterisation.
Allister Jordan




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