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This week’s children’s book review is all about Ernest the Elephant* by Anthony Browne. It was published on 6th May 2021 by Walker Books!
Ernest is a happy baby elephant. But when his curiosity gets the better of him and he leaves the rest of his herd to explore the alluring and dangerous jungle, he becomes very lost indeed. Amongst the undergrowth, he meets a rude gorilla, a weary lion, an impolite hippo and an uncaring crocodile. Will anyone help Ernest find his way out of the jungle and home to his mum? From the international phenomenon, Anthony Browne, comes a heartfelt, visually stunning picture book, about finding help in unexpected places.
Erin turned 5 this year and sometimes it seems like she thinks she’s a lot older. Children often want to do things that either they’re not meant to, that they think they should be allowed to do, or just something that looks really awesome or exciting and that’s what this book is about!
Little Ernest doesn’t think of himself as a baby elephant and one day when he sees an amazing looking jungle he wants to explore but of course, his Mum says no! Ernest doesn’t listen and sneaks off when he gets the chance but this leads him to getting lost and not being able to find his way back.
While Ernest is in the jungle he asks all kinds of animals for help; a gorilla, a lion and even a crocodile. None of these big animals want to help Ernest though; they all seem too busy or they just don’t want to. They’re really quite mean! Luckily, Ernest comes across a tiny little mouse who kindly offers to help him get back to his Mum.
Ernest the Elephant is a lovely story of finding help unexpectedly, listening to your parents and realising that you just might not be quite old enough yet to do some things.
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