Book review: Elmer and Aunt Zelda, by David McKee

McKee, David. Elmer and Aunt Zelda. Anderson Press USA, 2017. $17.99. ISBN 9781512439458. Unpaged. Ages 4-9.  P8 Q7

The patchwork colored elephant Elmer and his cousin Wilbur visit their aging Aunt Zelda.  She is going deaf so when she replies to Elmer sometimes it does not make sense.  This concept will have to be clearly explained to the younger audience and reader as to why the Aunt Zelda asks such silly questions.  It seemed that the author changed the last few words of what was said by Elmer to how the deaf Aunt Zelda responses and asks her question.  Then there are a few pages in which the conversation is normal.

Verdict: The colorful illustrations will attract young readers; however, for full comprehension of the dialogue, the reader needs to clearly understand Aunt Zelda being deaf.

May 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.

[Editor’s note: In this thirteenth book featuring Elmer the patchwork elephant, he and his cousin Wilbur visit their elderly Aunt Zelda.  Children will enjoy the obvious affection between the aunt and cousins, as well as the funny conversation caused by Aunt Zelda’s difficulty in hearing.]


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