Monday, 4 December 2017

Review: 'Oliver Elephant' by Lou Peacock and Helen Stephens

We are now a few days into our Book Advent, and on Day 2 we read a new Christmas book for this year, 'Oliver Elephant'.


I won this book in a giveaway on Toppsta (if you love children's books I really recommend this website - nope, not a sponsored post, just love it!) and read it to myself straight away but decided to keep it for Advent. That was hard though, as it's such a lovely book!

Noah is on a shopping trip with his mum, little sister, and his favourite toy, Oliver Elephant. As mum buys Christmas presents in different shops, Noah plays with Oliver, but when it's time to go home he realises Oliver is missing! Did he leave him in one of the shops?


I adored this book. Something about it reminded me of the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes - it's such a gentle, human story, so easy to relate to and simple, and told with such warmth. It's told in rhyming text too, which Eleanor (5) really enjoyed as she read it to Ezra (1).


As well as being a lovely story beautifully told, the illustrations are gorgeous and so very festive. Ezra is maybe a little young for the story but he loved pointing out the details in the illustrations, and making his elephant noise every time Oliver appeared!


I really think this book has the makings of a Christmas classic. It's rare to find a book about just the everyday preparations involved in the run-up to Christmas so this is perfect to read as part of Advent. The story is familiar and warm, the text is rhythmic and fun, and the illustrations really capture the excitement of walking into a beautifully decorated mall.

Although this book was our 'Day 2 of Advent' story I'm hoping to get plenty more reads in this month, and in years to come!

Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum.

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10 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this book and the illustrations look gorgeous :o) I really want to know where / how they find Elephant!

    Kim at BookBairn has chosen Oliver Elephant as her favourite Christmas book for today's Story Snug Advent post.

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    1. Ahh you'll have to get a copy to find out! Yes I saw that, funny how we both published on the same day, it's good to see word getting out about such a lovely book.

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  2. We adore this one!! Have you listened to the free audiobook using the QR code? BookBairn loves it! She says she can read it by herself! #readwithme

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  3. It already looks like a classic book doesn't it, very sweet indeed. Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. It really does, it looks like something out of my own childhood (in the nicest way possible!!)

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  4. We love a good book advent. I wish I'd started it when Aiden was little but I didn't hear about it until a few years ago.

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    1. Yes I wish I'd started doing them sooner. I'm quite conscious that this might be the last year that my two will both be interested in similar books - Eleanor is nearly 6 and reads well beyond her years, so next year I may have to find an alternative for her. Although she might just be happy to read the books to her little brother!

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  5. This sounds lovely, although always stressful reading about a missing toy! It's funny that you mention Shirley Hughes' Alfie books because the first thing I thought about when I read this was Dogger!

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    1. I've never actually read Dogger although I really want to! The toy doesn't stay lost for too long thankfully so the peril is over quickly!

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