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Elephant Elements

4.46  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Pittau and Gervais have managed to create a book which is stunning in design, visually humorous, but with a simplicity and naivety which will appeal to both children and adults alike. Each double page spread features a pair of elephants exhibiting contrasting features. The child-like style of the art is coupled with a sophisticated humour as the artists capture the essence ...more
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Published September 6th 2001 by Pavilion Books
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Darren Goossens
Nov 25, 2016 Darren Goossens rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids, parents, prospective picture book authors
Review from https://darrengoossens.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/well-chosen-elements-elephant-elements-by-pittau-and-gervais/.

Here's a novelty; I'm talking about a kids' book. Originally published in French as Les Contraires, Elephant Elements is that rare beast, a work aimed at kids which pleases adults but without being sly or condescending.



So many childrens' books illustrate one word per page, to build vocabulary and teach those first few words. How could one word offer scope for wit, style and
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Catherine
Jul 31, 2009 Catherine rated it it was ok
I bought this book for the school library after flipping through the first 6 or 7 pages. Looked like a normal opposites book at first glance. When I had a closer look - speechless!
Some of the opposites states these elephants go through are pretty twisted. While I had a good laugh over 'corked' and 'uncorked', boy and girl (showing peeing styles), other pairs like 'fresh and rotten', 'alight and extinguished' just left me shaking my head. I ended up taking the book back -- couldn't imagine what
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Bryn Musson
Sep 25, 2012 Bryn Musson rated it it was amazing
But of course elephants are the obvious choice for a book of opposites. Why wouldn't you use them to demonstrate such concepts as whole vs in pieces, hairy vs feathery and open vs closed. A children's book for grown-ups (and strange children) but beware, it has a tragic end.
bellatrix begins
Jul 18, 2016 bellatrix begins rated it really liked it
A hilarious explanation of basic concepts using an elephant. Very simple. Yet I'd like to think that it's actually intended for adults - as I usually do with children's books.
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Shelves: children
When opposites can be very funny!
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HI-larious. A book of v-funny opposites. Pissah!
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