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Little Elliot, Big City

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Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter—a friend.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 16, 2014 – First in a series, Curato's debut introduces a tiny polka-dotted elephant who lives in a Hopperesque 1940s Manhattan. Elliot is so small that he cowers on the subway platform so as not to be stepped on, and while he's literally the elephant in the room (or on the sidewalk), his fellow seen-it-all New Yorkers give him nary a notice wherever he goes. Despite the annoyances and hazards of the city, Elliot soldiers on like so many others in the Big Apple, savoring "small treasures." His life opens up unexpectedly and dramatically when he meets a white mouse, "someone even littler than himself." Together, they make a great team, especially when it comes to facilitating the purchase of Elliot's favorite treasure, cupcakes. Curato's writing is a tad literal and makes Elliot seem a bit more pathetic than his images convey. But he's a terrific emerging talent, with gorgeously rendered images that bring to mind the moodiness of Chris Van Allsburg and the sweetness of William Joyce. Ages 4 8.


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Customer Reviews


This is everything a children's picture book should be. Beautiful, poetic, sensitive, insightful and thought-provoking. Plus the subtle dusky earth tones of an Edward Hopper painting. And the heart of the William Joyce book. I love this book. Your child will, too.

Little Elliot, Big City
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades P-3
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Animals
  • Published: Aug 26, 2014
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 40 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 4.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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