Happy Saturday, guys!
Several reviews today, starting with Little Elliot, Big Family. I adored the author/illustrator Mike Curato's debut, so of course I had to pick this book up!
This is an adorable about friendship, family and finding your place in the world, and would make a perfect gift during the holidays!
Published October 6th 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published October 1st 2015)
Format read: Finished copy, purchased
However, in trademark fashion, Elliot quickly discovers that family can pop up in the most unexpected of places!
When Mouse heads off to a family reunion, Little Elliot decides go for a walk. As he explores each busy street, he sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone—until he finds he has a family of his own!
Curato's follow-up to his debut hit has just as much heart and charm as one would expect from a story about our favorite polka-dotted elephant. Though Elliot has continued his wonderful friendship with Mouse, his desire for a family sends him across the big city, trying to figure out where he belongs.
Readers will definitely love Elliot's journey, as he views different types of families, and wistfully hopes for his own. Though his observations are occasionally wistful at times, Curato never fails to remind readers that it's always important for Elliot (and by proxy, the reader) to persevere. Life has a finally way of working itself out, as Elliot quickly discovers, when he's invited to join a non-traditional family of his own.
Story aside, Curato's illustrations will continue to charm. He continues to use the darker color palette that he perfected in Big City, which helps to emphasize the old-fashioned charm of Elliot's surroundings. Curato also does a nice job of utilizing space, alternating between scenes that extend across both pages, and individual panels.
Both help emphasize the sheer scale of Elliot's world in New York - especially during a visit to a recognizable New York icon - but also helps show just how cozy and welcoming Elliot's world can be, when he finds exactly what he's looking for.
Bottom line: Curato continues to delight with Elliot's adventures, proving that this is one little elephant with many stories to share. Elliot's desire for a family will strike a chord with many a reader, along with his eventual realization that family is often what you make of it, and there are many beautiful, non-traditional families.