Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
ISBN 10: 0805098259
ISBN 13: 978-0805098259
Publication date: 26 August 2014 by Henry Holt & Co. BYR
Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Elephant, mouse, friendship, cooperation, desserts
Source: F&G from publisher
Dedicated to "anyone who feels unnoticed", Little Elliot, Big City is about a pale, polka-dotted, pint-sized elephant who appreciates the little things in life. He has a box of small keepsakes, a sweet tooth, and finds inventive ways to solve everyday problems despite his small stature. One day he meets somebody even smaller and more helpless than himself, and helping out this littler creature really grows his self-esteem!
Little Elliot is a story about friendship, cupcakes, and how to not let your limitations stop you from becoming more than you are. I really love Curato's illustrations which have a very pastel mood and vintage style. His cupcake and macaron drawings make me want for run right down to the mall for some dainty sweet treats! The endpapers are achingly sweet. I love the colors and shadows, too.
The characters are very cute and the story has a great message as well. I hope this is only going to be the beginning for a long series of Elliot books filled with kind adventures and baked goods.
I received this book for free from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.