Published April 18th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
But such was the case with Ellie in Concert, by the incomparable Mike Wu. He reintroduces us to the young elephant from Ellie, who is now figuring out how to create some peace and quiet for a giraffe friend in the zoo.
Ellie in Concert is as creative and magical as Ellie, with the young elephant craftily figuring out how to take the problem – the other animals in the zoo are loud! – and proactively arranging them into a melodic concert, that will help lull her young giraffe friend to sleep.
Chen beautifully showcases Ellie’s problem-solving skills with vivid illustrations and bright colors, emphasizing the other animal’s loud cries with lettering that will make their words leap off the page. He also uses his now-trademark warm color palette, and leaving readers just feeling warm and comforted, as they read the story.
The book concludes with the expected happy ending, but young readers will be too busy appreciating the act of friendship shown by Ellie and its end result, to even notice. Wu charmingly adds Ellie’s project on the end pages, which solidifies this book as an absolute keeper.
Between the illustrations, story, and the fact that this is a continuation of the charming Ellie, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Perfect for readers of all ages.