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The Elephant Who Liked to Smash Small Cars - by Jean Merrill (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 40

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: New York Review of Books

Age Range: 4-8 years

Book theme: General (see also headings under Family)

Author: Jean Merrill

Language: English

Street Date: March 10, 2015
TCIN: 77317365
UPC: 9781590178720
Item Number (DPCI): 247-55-9238


"This bare-bones story is as mischievous and subversive as all get-out, and it makes me laugh. It's just what the title tells you: An elephant, who is way into the destruction of public property, learns his lesson when he meets a car salesman who won't put up with it. The spare crayon drawings and make-no-apologies story of destruction (what toddler doesn't like to smash things?) is unlike anything else you'll see this year, most likely--and was quite possibly unlike anything else seen back in 1964." --Julie Danielson, Kirkus

"What is wonderful about this reissue - the book was first published nearly 50 years ago - is that it plays along merrily with a child's need to smash, squash and exterminate." --The Guardian

"From bubble wrap to bugs, the urge to smash and smush seems to be a part of the human condition. Just think of that group of four-year-olds building towers of blocks and then merrily knocking them down. Or those older kids bashing into each other during recess. Here's a wonderfully subversive little book that captures the joy of that impulse and highlights the results. A perfect read aloud for all ages." --Monica Edinger, author of Africa Is My Home and proprietor of the blog Educating Alice

"The greatest title in the history of book selling. Plus: a song." --Tom Nissley, owner of Phinney Books, Seattle

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