Title: The Big Elephant In The Room
Author: Lane Smith
Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Publisher: Hyperion Books
Teachers Guide: Teacher’s Guide by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Themes: Humour, Funny, Housemates, Friends, Things that aren’t being talked about, Laughter
Lane Smith is quickly getting a reputation for authoring some really quirky books, his most recent release “It’s a Book” had me in hysterics and the first book of his that I remember, Squids will be Squids is a favourite of mine (and has been for many, many years).
Quirky and fantastically humorous, this book tells the story of two friends trying to have a conversation about something that’s been bugging them for a short while and that neither had talked about as yet. A misunderstanding in communication leads to an amusing conversation, (how often does that happen?)
Many of us will have unresolved issues and questions with friends that we’d like to talk to them about, secrets perhaps, or maybe we’ve eaten their ice-cream, or maybe we have loaned them a dvd or a game or a book that they have had for months and not returned. Never the less, it’s some thing that can eat away at us until we actually talk about it.
Some people just hold onto these things, letting it eat at them for days, months or even years, imagine how much damage that may do to a friendship.
Then again, some people quite simply have an annoying friend who continuously embarrasses them or does silly things… I guess the book could be about that as well…
Families will enjoy reading this book over and over again and children and adults alike will find this story laugh-out-loud hilarious.