We were recently sent An Elephant For Breakfast by Zella to review. H is an avid reader and I’m always on the look out for new books for him to read. He’d happily settle into reading Beast Quests or Astrosaurs all day if I let him, so it’s nice to encourage him to try something new and a little bit different.
Every year Uncle Cosmo send his nieces and nephews a gigantic parcel at the start of the summer holidays. I can just imagine the excitement in this house if that happened here. This parcel is special too as it comes all the way from Africa. This year though it’s running late. When it does finally turn up it starts the children on a great adventure where they must follow the clues to save Uncle Cosmo who is in danger.
This book is a mystery/thriller sort of book with the children and their family as the principle characters (and the detectives). There are twists and turns along the way and there is plenty to keep the reader interested. We liked the little illustrations for each chapter (which relate to the action) and the pictorial family tree at start, which helps you remember who people are in the early stages of the book.
There are some serious themes to the story too, mostly around how we treat wildlife and, as you’ll have guessed by the book’s title, how we treat elephants in particular. Getting this message across is done nicely, without being heavy-handed, and it makes children think about ways of preventing such exploitation of animals.
It’s a lovely book for either bedtime reading together or independent reading for a competent reader. The chapters are reasonably short and the main book is 155 pages long.