Disclaimer: reviewing eARC galley via NetGalley.
Very few words and strong storytelling through the images makes it perfect for very young audiences, as well as beginning readers. The images are sparse, simple and whimsical, surrounded by plenty of white space. The story is amusing and meaningful; an accessible exploration of identity. I loved the emphasis on adjusting expectations, adapting to new, unexpected situations, and knowing and accepting yourself as the world shifts around you. The main character is a stone with a big imagination, and rather than falling into despair when its surroundings make its dreams crumble, it just keeps adapting and enjoying where it's at. A good message of resilience and stability for kids rendered in a minimalist, non-preachy style.
Books For Kids : Charlie The Smart Elephant by Jeff Harris is a delightful children's book for ages two to ten.
The illustrations are charming, it has some good life's lessons and it's an easy book to read, even though some of the words seem for older children.
"Charlie the elephant's great smell sense and trace analysis were still at an excellent level so now, all he needed was a good old mystery to solve."
I gave it five stars because my favorite little boy wanted me to read it over and over again.
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DJJ11B0/