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Don’t Feed the Elephant, by Sherry Ellis | Dedicated Review

Review sponsored by Sherry Ellis
The Children’s Book Review | April 4, 2018

Dont Feed the ElephantDon’t Feed the Elephant

Written by Sherry Ellis

Illustrated by Md. Anwar

Age Range: 4-8

Paperback: 36 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2018)

ISBN: 978-1974426645

What to expect: Animals, Humor, Food, ABCs

Get ready for some seriously messy fun with food in this entertaining picture book from award-winning author Sherry Ellis.

The narrator of this allegory warns the reader that if the elephant asks you for a snack, simply say no. For if you do appease the elephant with snacks, you are sure to end up a ripe mess. It appears that elephants, perhaps, don’t have the best table—err … trunk—manners. The young boy pictured throughout the book finds himself with a face covered in chocolate and cotton candy for a wig. He runs from burgers that are flung like Frisbees and a popcorn-quiche tornado, and he also uses an umbrella to stay dry from a trunk-induced lemonade rain. Readers that pay attention will also discover that the snacks that the elephant works through—from animal crackers to zebra cakes—are cleverly alphabetized.


Most stories are open to interpretation and this tale has several important themes: 1. Don’t feed wild animals. 2. Don’t forget your table manners. 3. Don’t forget that books can be simple and pure fun.

Filled with colorful cartoon-style illustrations by Md. Anwar, Don’t Feed the Elephant is a bright and entertaining picture book that is likely to appeal to fans of Laura Numeroff’s ever-popular If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (HarperCollins, 1985) and Judy Barrett’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1978).

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About the Author


Sherry Ellis

Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician from Atlanta, Georgia. She plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. Ellis has previously published Ten Zany Birds; That Baby Woke Me Up, AGAIN; and That Mama Is a Grouch.

Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta. For more information about her work, she invites you to visit her website at www.sherryellis.org.

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Read our exclusive interview: Sherry Ellis Discusses Don’t Feed The Elephant!


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