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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 48
Themes: humor, respect, animals, museums, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 02/Apr/2019
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It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?

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"In a simple, gentle way, the author describes what it is like to be misjudged based on one's appearance and misinformation."
Kirkus Reviews
"The underlying, serious message is well-balanced by the humorous premise and continued humor in art and text…This quirky French-Canadian import stands out—rather like an elephant at an art museum."
School Library Journal
“This quirky book humorously demonstrates the danger in judging others by their outward appearances.”
Montreal Review of Books
“A story of acceptance and friendship, between a boy, his elephant, and their love for the museum.”

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