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

The Source (NZ/Aust)

Have You Seen Elephant?

The brilliantly interactive, bestselling picture book that tickles the funny bones of both children and adults.

Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too. But you’ll need to try your best—he’s VERY good! He can even hide behind a lamp, or a small tree…

A small boy and his elephant play an absurd game of hide and seek in this beautifully illustrated picture book that will have young readers shouting out loud in delight, and adults laughing too, as Elephant hides, in full view. Perhaps the little dog sees him, perhaps not.

This game-inside-a-book celebrates imaginative play and is perfect for sharing with children who will love being better at finding the elephant than the boy. Watch out for the tortoise, too…

David Barrow is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art and his debut picture book, Have You Seen Elephant? has been shortlisted for multiple awards.

Also available in te reo Māori and available as an ebook wherever you buy your ebooks

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin United Kingdom
    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. Baby Chick (verified owner)

      This charming picture book combines delightful pictures with a beautiful storyline that teaches the joy of perseverance and the thrill of discovery.

    2. School Library Journal, starred review (verified owner)

      This amusingly absurd story paired with the warm and wonderful illustrations will have kids coming back again and again.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. Picture Books Blogger (UK), September 2015

      Stonkingly good.

    8. 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.

Available worldwide from your local bookstore or online.

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