Book Review of Elephants Are Not Artists
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by William Hart
Illustrated by Dinton Law
Ages 4+ | 36 Pages
Publisher: Lawley Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781958302088
What to Expect: Art, determination, positive thinking, inclusion
Elephants are Not Artists is a story about what art is and what it means to be artistic. It is also a story about believing in yourself and not accepting conventional limitations.
Ruby is an elephant who loves to draw beautiful pictures in the dirt of her enclosure with her favorite stick. However, the other animals at the zoo don’t think much of Ruby’s art. The hawk tells her drawing is a waste of time. The snake tells her that only snakes can be artists, so what she draws cannot be art. The gazelle tells her artists must have hands, so elephants can’t be an artist. Luckily, Ruby’s keeper, Rosa, is more open-minded. With Rosa’s help, Ruby is ready to show the world just how artistic elephants can be!
Ruby is a sympathetic character who models determination and self-belief for readers, showing them that you don’t have to let the negative opinions of others impact your mood. Dinton Law’s dynamic illustrations are exuberant, keeping the tone of the story positive. Best of all? It’s based on a true story!
Overall, Elephants are Not Artists is touching, thought-provoking, and a great way to teach young readers about self-belief and inclusivity.
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About the Author
William Hart was born and raised in the state of Georgia and currently lives in the Phoenix area with his family. He proudly has kept a bit of a Southern drawl that comes out regularly, especially when discussing his passion for animal conservation, the perfect banana pancake recipe, bouldering, pupusas, and his two sons, Deacon and Andrés. His family, including two dogs, enjoy traveling, swimming, spending time in the Pinetop/Lakeside area of Arizona, and exploring kid-friendly hiking trails across the state.
About the Author
Dinton Law is a self-taught artist passionate about creating little worlds within their work. They are currently a full-time art student at Monserrat, exploring a variety of mediums and creative outlets. Dinton’s specialty is digital art, with a focus on cartooning and character design. During their free time, they enjoy lazing about, spending time with their friends, and especially cuddling with their dogs.
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