Anne Miranda The Elephant at the Waldorf

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The Elephant at the Waldorf

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Members of a circus have trouble unloading a reluctant elephant from one of their trucks

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Campy pastel illustrations with the fluidity of graffiti art give this book a certain punch, but the story itself lacks staying power. A girl and her mother happen upon a circus truck at the doors of the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. (The uninitiated may wonder what the Waldorf actually is, for although Miranda refers midway through to "the Waldorf hotel," she doesn't account for the carnival's presence there.) Inside the truck is an elephant that-despite the best efforts of a ringmaster, acrobats, and magicians-won't enter the hotel. Ultimately, an elephant trainer's young son politely asks the elephant to move, whereupon, naturally, the animal complies. First-time children's illustrator Vanderbeek's splashy drawings-with their fuchsia and electric-blue highlights against hot greens and purples-seem to belong on animation cels. People are rendered as empty-headed caricatures, and vast New York skylines take on lush yellow and orange hues. The overly vertical, sans-serif typeface, however, intrudes somewhat on the wacky artwork. And despite Miranda's attempts to enliven the text-by rhyming "euphoria" and "Astoria," for instance-her tale amounts to a pallid lesson in manners. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2?A young girl and her mother watch from the sidewalk as a circus troop attempts to coax an elephant from its truck into the hotel where the animal is to perform. Acrobats, trapeze artists, and clowns all fail, as does the trainer, until the man's young son saves the day. This is a nicely written, humorous, rhyming tale, reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work. Unfortunately, the illustrations, dominated by dark shades of purple, green, and gold and containing human figures with grossly exaggerated features, convey a garish, disturbing edge that is at odds with the light tone of the verse. There are many delightful circus stories already available; stick with them.?Mary Rinato Berman, New York Public Library
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