Ellie by Mike Wu Book Review

Ellie by Mike Wu
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 12, 2015

The zoo is shutting down! But what can one baby elephant do to save her home? While the other animals get busy, working and cleaning and fixing, Ellie discovers some a brush and some paints. Soon the zoo is looking good as new and colorful, but will it be enough the keep the gates open for good?

Ellie is a cute elephant with the kind of talent that only an anthropomorphized elephant can have. Seeing the state of the zoo, it isn't any great surprise that it is being closed down, but this is story not just of creativity but of teamwork too. The true gem of this story is the illustrations though. Reminiscent of The Curious Garden, in the beginning the book starts off drab and dull with adorable animals being the splash of color. As the story progresses though, the vibrant colors begin to take up more and more of the page until it is nothing but color. Ellie is adorable in that Dumbo sort of way, as are most of the animals. Perfect for animal lovers, elephant enthusiasts, and illustration aficionados, this book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.