Strictly No Elephants

The title and cover alone had me itching to read this picture book–there he is, a boy and his pet elephant (both wearing red scarves!) at a closed door with the sign “Strictly No Elephants”. The boy and his elephant aremedium.jpg friends; they know what friends do: “never leave anyone behind”, “brave the scary things for you”, and “lift each other over the cracks”. The problem is that Pet Club won’t accept them.

Never fear, for the boy and his elephant find a tribe of their own where kids have pets such as skunk, giraffe and porcupine. All are welcome.

A beautiful story by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo about acceptance, inclusion and bias.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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3 Responses to Strictly No Elephants

  1. Tom says:

    Hello. I like your site. I am an author with a children’s book recently out, and was wondering if you accept books to review? I hope to hear from you! Thanks.

    • Hi Tom, thanks for stopping by. I’m sorry, but I don’t accept review copies anymore. Sometimes I check out titles that are recommended to me, and I have a spot for anyone to recommend books on “Your Page“. I’d love for you to link your book there.

  2. Tom says:

    Thank you. I just posted over there.

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