Yay, the 3rd book in the Elphie series is here. I love Elphie, and I love the messages in each book. Elphie learns something new in each book, and it is a delight. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but I have to say that the author does a great job on showing the message in these books.
This book fits perfectly in the current month, it is almost Halloween, and that is also happening at Elphie’s place. He wants to dress up as a tiger-elephant to go trick or treating, but is too afraid in the end to do it. Poor thing, he has such an awesome outfit. Luckily, mom is there to save the day, and even Phante helps out.
I am not sure what to think of Phante, at times I found her a bit mean. So a tiger-elephant is not possible, but a pirate one is? I could kind of understand her jealousy though. She did her best to be dressed, while Elphie just went for an easy option, and even had to explain himself, and got the most attention. If only the parents/adults had given both kids the same amount, that would have been fairer.
The ending was adorable. Elphie shows his sweet and caring side, but also learns a lesson thanks to Phante. He learns to be braver, by the power of hugs! Awwww. <3
There was one little thing I noticed in the illustrations, it is the only thing that really stood out. At the beginning of the book we see Elphie stand in front of a mirror, checking his scary outfit, however his reflection is doing the total opposite of what Elphie is doing. 😛
All in all though, this is another great book in the Elphie series. It is cute, it has a nice message, a good character, and the art is getting better with each book. \o/
I would recommend this book to everyone.