The story is very simply told, with a joyous sense of the ridiculous.

The Source (NZ/Aust)

Have You Seen Elephant?


Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best – he’s VERY good!

Written by David Barrow

Available as an ebook wherever you buy your ebooks


  • Description

    Have You Seen Elephant is an absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch out for the dog and the tortoise, too…

    “This book tickles the funnybone of children and adults equally. Part of the humour comes through the juxtaposition of the subdued, beautiful illustrations and the absurdity of an elephant trying to hide inside a standard lamp.” —Julia Marshall, Gecko Press

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin United Kingdom and New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Silver Brush 2018

      Dutch edition of Have You Seen Elephant, awarded the Silver Brush 2018

    2. Klaus Flugge prize


    3. Waterstones children’s book prize 2016


    4. Sebastian Walker Award


  • Reviews

    1. CJ Penko (Twitter)

      I will forever remember this book as the time my son & I laughed till we cried, squeezed together in his toddler bed as I read to him before bed. One of my all time fav moments with my baby that I will never forget.

    2. Bambino Goodies (UK), December 2015

      A sweet, funny tale of characters being good at unlikely things … A story that will be requested over and over (and over) again.

    3. Book Sniffer (UK), November 2015

      A bonefide pitch perfect laugh out loud picture book for all ages. Debut author David Barrow has created a brilliant celebration of the limitless nature of a child’s imagination wrapped up in a deliciously sophisticated and accessible package.

    4. Starred Review, Kirkus (US), January 2016

      Beyond the sheer absurdity, children will delight in details, such as the wide-screen TV the elephant holds in one scene, the child’s dad so focused on the soccer game on the screen that he asks, ‘What elephant?’ and the sly alterations to the family portraits on the rear endpapers. Younger audiences will be screaming ‘There it is!’ from the get-go.

    5. Picture Books Blogger (UK), September 2015

      Stonkingly good.

    6. The Source (NZ/Aust), August 2015

      The story is very simply told, with a joyous sense of the ridiculous. It also has a wonderful twist at the end, a joke that young readers will enjoy.
      The text is complemented by David Barrow’s pictures, which are splendid, richly coloured and warm, with shafts of light and gloriously unsubtle hints of elephant everywhere.

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