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THE ELEPHANT

Peter Carnavas

  • Original Title: THE ELEPHANT
  • Publication date: July 2017
  • Publisher: University of Queensland Press
  • Country: AU
  • 180 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: FAMILY, Paternity, PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Solidarity, Commitment, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as a large grey elephant following him around. With the help of her cheery grandfather and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase away her father’s elephant.

Comments

Winner in the children’s category at the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
Shortlisted at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s Books in 2018
Shortlisted for three national awards, including the CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers.

Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children and the grown-ups in their lives.

Summary

Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as a large grey elephant following him around. With the help of her cheery grandfather and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase away her father’s elephant.

Beautifully written, this novel from acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Carnavas will stay with you long after you finish.

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