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Monday, April 16, 2018

Children's Book Review: The Elephant Thief by Jane Kerr

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,via Amazon Vine, for review purposes. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. 

And now for another charming animal tale that keeps us in England,
that recently came out!

the elephant thief cover


When young pickpocket Danny accidentally buys an elephant at an auction, he finds himself swept up on an unforgettable adventure. Offered a job by a zookeeper, all he has to do is ride Maharajah from Edinburgh to Manchester in one week.

Everyone in the country is watching, even the Queen, but the journey soon proves to be filled with drama and danger. A rival zookeeper will stop at nothing to make sure they fail, and soon Danny's shady connections from his past threaten to overturn the mission...

Can Danny win the trust and friendship of the elephant and guide him home? Can the two of them stick together through the odds and win the day?


Miss Grace recently read Ivan the Terrible, and been entranced with The Greatest Showman, so I knew that this book would interest her, and I wasn't wrong, as she sped through (to the chagrin of her scheduled school work!!). It is a charming story and at only about 300 pages, perfect for upper elementary/middle school reader!

Based on real life events, Miss Grace was quickly caught up in the story of how an orpahned 'saved' himself by buying an elephant and then had to ride it, to meet a bet, and get out of trouble. But life is never easy, and everyturn brings a new adventure, and soemthing to overcome. It is a story of friendship, trust and ultimately faith in one's own perseverance, all goals we want to give our kids. Miss Grace said it needs to be a movie, as kids need more movied about being strong and not counting on things to go your way (a sentiment I also echo)!

If you're looking to add some greta books to your childs Summer reading list, or need a great book for vacation travel time, keep this one in mind!

About the Author:

Jane Kerr is a debut author and grew up in North Wales, United Kingdom. She wrote her first book at the age of seven, and while The Jones Family have a Picnic was not a big-seller, it sparked a life-long love of writing and story-telling.

After a brief detour working as speech therapist, she trained as a journalist, and has since written for newspapers, online, radio and television. The story telling never stopped. She is married with two children and a guinea pig.

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