Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev Book Review

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
Illustrations by Taeeun Yoo
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Pet Club is meeting today, but when one little boy wants to join, he is met with a sign that states 'Strictly No Elephants'. This is a problem seeing as the boy has a pet elephant. His solution--create a pet club for unusual animals and their owners. One that is all inclusive, even if the animal isn't the most desirable of pets.

In this picture book debut, we are introduced to a world in which children can own pets like and elephant and a skunk. The concept is adorable and the message isn't so much about pets, but in being inclusive of everyone and letting everyone join in the group. Frankly, I don't know why anyone wouldn't want a baby elephant at their pet party, but some people are weird. A very cute book that would make a great storytime book. If I was still doing storytime I would tell the kids that we were having a special pet-themed storytime and they should bring their favorite stuffed animal...the stranger the better. Elephants are encouraged as are skunks. Regular animals are welcome too. Some days I really miss those storytimes.

I am also going to assume that this book was inspired by the picture below.