Where's the Elephant?
A visionary picture book from the genius of Barroux, which pairs a beautiful wordless storytelling experience with a powerful message.
What starts as a game of jungle hide-and-seek quickly turns into something more significant as Barroux's illustrations convey the consequences of deforestation upon the animal kingdom.
Barroux adopts the familiar 'Where's Wally?' search-and-find format to introduce young readers to environmental issues, but as the forest begins to disappear, elephant becomes easier to spot. Where's the Elephant? is a deeply poignant read remniscent of Benji Davies's The Storm Whale and is devastating in its simplicity. Children will be captivated by Barroux's unique illustration style and the book is designed to encourage parent and child discussion. Recommended by Mumsnet, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Also longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2016 and Highly Commended Best Children's Picture Book in the Junior Design Awards (2015).
Look out for Barroux's latest masterpiece, Where's the Starfish?
Barroux's books include Uncle John and the Giant Cherry Tree, which won him the 2005 Enfantaisie Award, and the extraordinary Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier which has received widespread critical acclaim. In 2015 Barroux won the first Parents, Babies, a Book competition for his work Chuut! which will be given to every newborn baby in the north of France. Where's the Elephant? won Silver in the Prima Baby and Pregnancy Awards and has been longlisted for the Kate Greenway Medal 2016.
"Clever and subtle, this book introduces de-forestation and its effect on the natural environment in an engaging and fun way" Dad Info "A near wordless picture book which powerfully demonstrates the devastating effects of deforestation" -- Julia Eccleshare The Guardian "Simply stunning...Barroux is definitely one to watch for the future." The Sun "This book's zinging visual impact is matched by the power of its environmental message" -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times "There are few words used in this striking book, but it has a lot to say" -- Saffia Farr Juno Magazine "A must read for all ages ... and a springboard for discussion on a vital topic" -- Jill Bennett Books for Keeps "A picture paints a thousand words and never was this more true than with Where's The Elephant. This incredibly powerful book contains just nine words, but that's all it needs to put across its message" -- Alison Potter Junior Magazine "Barroux's illustrations tell a vivid and shocking story about the destruction of the forest" Love Reading 4 Kids Pick of April 2015 Love Reading 4 Kids "You might think this is an animal version of Where's Wally, but it's so much more - and everyone should read the book. Highly recommended" Five Star Review -- Sue Magee The BookBag "Quirky illustrations make this an inspired book to introduce the idea of deforestation to youngsters" -- Vanessa Lewis The Bookseller "Barroux has created a deceptively complex wordless picture book, which encourages children to think carefully about the impact humans have on the environment" -- Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller "A stunning picture book" Mumsnet
Born in Paris, Barroux spent much of his childhood in North Africa. He later attended art school in France, worked as an art director and has since worked in children's illustration and press cartoons. He has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Forbes Magazine. Barroux's books include Uncle John and the Giant Cherry Tree, which won him the 2005 Enfantaisie Award, and the extraordinary Line of Fire, Diary of An Unknown Soldier which has received widespread critical acclaim.