by Carnavas, Peter

An exquisite first novel from acclaimed picture book author and illustrator Peter Carnavas about Olive, Dad and his elephant.

'Your dad won't fix your bike - until you fix your dad.'

Olive's father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as an enormous elephant following him around. Every day Olive sees the elephant, and every day she wishes it would go.

With the help of Grandad and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase the elephant away. But how can Olive move something so big?

Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children and the grown-ups in their lives. He has made many picture books, including Jessica's Box, Last Tree in the City and The Children Who Loved Books. He won the 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, an Australian Book Industry Award in 2017, and his novel The Elephant won a Queensland Literary Award in 2018, as well as being shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the CBCA Awards. He is a popular presenter in schools and his work has been translated into many languages, including Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Dutch. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry.

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US/CAN: Payama Press ; Greek: Papandopoulos ; Russian: MI & F ; Turkey: Can Sanat

Quote: UQP

Peter Carnavas explores themes of grief with writing that is delicate, empathetic and will easily be understood by younger readers. The Elephant is bound to be an Australian children's classic to be loved by many generations to come. There should be a copy in every school and household.

Review: Frazer Coast Chronicle

The Elephant pulls no punches, and is incredibly emotionally honest - it's not too direct that it's unsuitable for children, but Carnavas has managed to write a story that's as much a delight for adults as It is for children.

Review: Better Reading

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