Title: Ollie: The Purple ElephantAuthor: Jarrett Krosoczka
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Random House Children’s Book
Publication year: 2011
Category: Picture Book (fiction)
Source: Monroe 1 BOCES Overdrive E-Book Collection
Summary: A family adopts a purple elephant, but they are separated by a jealous cat.
Review: I really love Krosoczka’s Lunch Lady graphic novels, so last year I bought Ollie for my library at the AASL Conference in Hartford, where Krosoczka hosted a Comic Book breakfast and signing. This book was just wonderful. A parents walking their children in the park agree to their children’s seemingly unlikely request to adopt a Purple Elephant. To their great surprise they stumble onto to a homeless purple elephant on their walk. The parent’s facial expression were fantastic in this scene and many others. Krosoczka is master storyteller and his illustrations masterfully expand and suport his writing.
Classroom Use: I would use this story with my PK-3 students. It is a fun, read-a-loud and great for discussions of inference, jelousy, fact-checking and conflict resolution.