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Through the Elephant's Door
By (author): Hélène De Blois Illustrated by: France Cormier
9781459821934 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Apr 02, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 6.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 300 gr 48 pages full color images FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
A visit to the museum with an elephant has an unexpected outcome.

It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum. Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?

Hélène de Blois did her BA in French at the University of Montreal and in dramatic arts at the Université du Québèc à Montréal. In 1999 she published her first book for children, Un train pour Kénogami, which was a finalist for the Prix Cécile-Gagnon. Ever since, she's been writing and visiting students, encouraging the imaginations of young readers through reading, writing and art. For more information, visit Hélène lives in Montreal, Quebec.

France Cormier has been drawing forever. In elementary school she used to wear out her crayons and refused to play with dolls. After a first career as a landscaper, she now devotes herself completely to illustrating playful, lightly twisted worlds full of humor. France lives in Gatineau, Quebec.

Key Selling Points

One day, a boy and his elephant, Emile, decide to visit the museum. The suspicious guard doesn’t trust them. He’s worried about the giant pachyderm walking among his delicate works of art. But then, in a flash, something happens to change the guards’ mind about this oversized patron.

Amusing, illustrated mini-novel about not judging a book by its cover.

Enhanced illustrated picture book at 48-pages and text-heavy.

Hélène de Blois has written 11 books in French, this is her first book translated into English.

France Cormier has illustrated nine children’s books. This is her first book published in English.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including LibraryThing Early Reviewers and NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

"The underlying, serious message is well-balanced by the humorous premise and continued humor in art and text…This quirky French-Canadian import stands out—rather like an elephant at an art museum." - Kirkus Reviews

"In a simple, gentle way, the author describes what it is like to be misjudged based on one's appearance and misinformation." - Resource Links

“This quirky book humorously demonstrates the danger in judging others by their outward appearances.” - School Library Journal

“A story of acceptance and friendship, between a boy, his elephant, and their love for the museum.” - Montreal Review of Books

“This short book has plenty of fun. Everything in the illustrations is just a little off-kilter, and much of the humor comes from the juxtaposition of the deadpan text with the slightly exaggerated art.” - The Horn Book Online

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