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Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants

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"A sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale." --The New York Times Book Review
"Sweet and affirming." --Kirkus Reviews

"With a gentle message of inclusion and helping others, this title reaches beyond a mere friendship story."--School Library Journal

In this bestselling and internationally beloved picture book, the local Pet Club won't admit a boy's tiny pet elephant, so he finds a solution--one that involves all kinds of unusual animals.

Today is Pet Club day. There will be cats and dogs and fish, but strictly no elephants are allowed. The Pet Club doesn't understand that pets come in all shapes and sizes, just like friends. Now it is time for a boy and his tiny pet elephant to show them what it means to be a true friend.

Strictly No Elephants has been sold around the world and is heralded as a pitch-perfect book about inclusion. Imaginative and lyrical, this sweet story captures the magic of friendship and the joy of having a pet.

Author: Lisa Mantchev
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Published: 10/27/2015
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.94lbs
Size: 10.20h x 9.30w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781481416474
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 2
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 181005 / Strictly No Elephants

Award: Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/20/2015
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2015 pg. 159
School Library Journal 10/01/2015 pg. 80
Booklist 10/01/2015 pg. 84
BookPage 11/01/2015
New York Times Book Review 01/17/2016 pg. 18

About the Author
Lisa Mantchev is the author of many picture books, including the internationally acclaimed Strictly No Elephants, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; Remarkables, illustrated by David Litchfield; and Someday, Narwhal, illustrated by Hyewon Yum. Lisa lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Learn more at

Taeeun Yoo has twice received the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. She has illustrated many books, including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, which has been published in fourteen countries. The New York Times called it a "sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale." She is also the illustrator of Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan, which received five starred reviews and was named a best book of the year by many publications. Her other books include So Many Days and Only a Witch Can Fly, both by Alison McGhee, and Round by Joyce Sidman. Taeeun was also the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Society of Illustrators' Founders Award. She lives in South Korea with her family.
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