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Little Elliot, big city, story and pictures by Mike Curato

Label
Little Elliot, big city
Title
Little Elliot, big city
Statement of responsibility
story and pictures by Mike Curato
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller--and hungrier
Member of
Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Kindergarten “Little Elliot was an elephant,” this book begins, and so he is, though he is not gray; he is polka-dotted—one of the things that make him different. The other is his height, which is to say, he is short. Very short. His stature makes life difficult for Elliot, who lives in Manhattan and struggles to keep up with crowds or hail a cab. The hardest task is trying to buy a much-desired cupcake; he is too small to reach the counter. It’s at his lowest that Elliot meets someone smaller than himself and with a bigger problem. Mouse is too tiny to reach any food at all. What one cannot do alone, however, two together might accomplish. Elliot is able to provide food for Mouse, and when Mouse stands on Elliot’s head, he can pay for cupcakes. Now Elliot doesn’t just have a cupcake, he has a friend. Curato, a debut author and illustrator, tucks several gentle messages into one simple story that’s perfect for the age group. It is, however, his almost cinematic artwork that’s the real showstopper. Digitally enhanced pencil drawings present Elliot in a New York of an earlier era, when men wore hats to work, and brownstones looked down on spotless streets. Scenes, such as the bustling interior of a subway station, add drama, while throughout, Elliot himself adds plenty of whimsy. Happily, expect to see more of him. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 09-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 1, p120)
  • PreS-Gr 1 — A tiny, spotted elephant tackles the challenges of city life. Lonely and ignored, Elliot finally forges a friendship by helping a park mouse reach a trashed pizza slice. In turn, the mouse helps Elliot reach the counter to pay for a coveted bakery cupcake. The simple story is told in 17 short sentences that allow Curato's magnificent 1940s-style illustrations to carry the tale. Large scale cityscapes and crowds emphasize Elliot's tiny size. The dark palette contrasts with his pastel polka dots. Details like warped wires of the trash basket celebrate Curato's artistic talent. Despite the visual appeal, younger audiences may question how and why the young elephant lives alone in an apartment where he struggles with issues like access to the freezer.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA --Gay Lynn Van Vleck (Reviewed July 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 7, p64)
  • /* Starred Review */ First in a series, Curato’s debut introduces a tiny polka-dotted elephant who lives in a Hopperesque 1940s Manhattan. Elliot is so small that he cowers on the subway platform so as not to be stepped on, and while he’s literally the elephant in the room (or on the sidewalk), his fellow seen-it-all New Yorkers give him nary a notice wherever he goes. Despite the annoyances and hazards of the city, Elliot soldiers on like so many others in the Big Apple, savoring “small treasures.” His life opens up unexpectedly and dramatically when he meets a white mouse, “someone even littler than himself.” Together, they make a great team, especially when it comes to facilitating the purchase of Elliot’s favorite treasure, cupcakes. Curato’s writing is a tad literal and makes Elliot seem a bit more pathetic than his images convey. But he’s a terrific emerging talent, with gorgeously rendered images that bring to mind the moodiness of Chris Van Allsburg and the sweetness of William Joyce. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 16, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 24, p)
  • The big city is clearly New York, but it's a grayed and sepia city sometime in the late 1940s, judging from the cars and clothing.Elliot is a small, polka-dot elephant who loves his city even though it is hard for him to catch a cab or even open a door. (And he does the dishes by sitting in the sink with them.) He's too little to be seen when he tries to buy his favorite treat, a cupcake, and that makes him sad. But he sees a tiny, very hungry mouse trying desperately to scale a trash bin for scraps. He manages to help get Mouse something to eat, and lo! He feels "like the tallest elephant in the world!" With Mouse's help, the next day he gets that cupcake. The last image peers through Elliot's window to find him and Mouse sharing it. The Flatiron Building, brownstone steps and the Empire State Building are clearly recognizable, giving the story Big Apple authenticity. The art has its own meticulous beauty, but the story is more saccharine than sweet—rather like too much frosting on a cupcake. The endpapers are a lush repetitive pattern of variegated cupcakes, with cameos by Elliot and Mouse.This feels far more like a parable for adults than a picture book for children, who may also miss the elegance of the New York City images in their dark, soft palette. (Picture book. 4-7)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2014)
Awards note
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association, 2015.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10355443
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Curato, Mike
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.C91757
LC item number
Lit 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
2.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Little Elliot
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • City and town life
  • Body size
  • Elephants
  • Mice
  • Friendship
  • City and town life
  • Size
  • Elephants
  • Mice
  • Friendship
  • Body size
  • City and town life
  • Elephants
  • Friendship
  • Mice
Target audience
primary
Label
Little Elliot, big city, story and pictures by Mike Curato
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn868276550
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805098259
Lccn
2014009173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 11591582
  • 9780805098259
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)868276550
Label
Little Elliot, big city, story and pictures by Mike Curato
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn868276550
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780805098259
Lccn
2014009173
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
  • 11591582
  • 9780805098259
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)868276550

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