Ernest the Elephant

By Anthony Browne

A poignant story about a baby elephant who gets lost in a mysterious jungle, from the acclaimed Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator and former Children's Laureate.

Ernest is a happy baby elephant. But when his curiosity gets the better of him and he leaves the rest of his herd to explore the alluring and dangerous jungle, he becomes very lost indeed. Amongst the undergrowth, he meets a rude gorilla, a weary lion, an impolite hippo and an uncaring crocodile. Will anyone help Ernest find his way out of the jungle and home to his mum? From the international phenomenon, Anthony Browne, comes a heartfelt, visually stunning picture book, about finding help in unexpected places.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529504033
  • Published: 05 May 2022
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 230 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'This is an adorable hardback book. Lovely story and beautiful pictures, which all have cute little details in them.' Toppsta

'This is a beautifully illustrated book. The story is really nice and we both thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The colours are vibrant and we had fun looking for the unexpected treats and surprises in the jungle.' Toppsta

'The illustrations are so warm and inviting. The facial expressions of the elephants are very thought-provoking. My 4 and 2 year old spent a long time poring over the pictures and they notice something new to discuss each time.' Toppsta

'Ernest the Elephant is a lovely story of finding help unexpectedly, listening to your parents and realising that you just might not be quite old enough yet to do some things.' Me, Him, the Dog and a Baby Blog

'Anthony Browne’s tender reworking of the Good Samaritan — about a lost baby elephant who is helped by a mouse after other creatures turn away — is part visual homage to Henri Rousseau and David McKee’s Elmer, part his own trademark surrealist substitutions.' The Times & The Sunday Times

'Ernest the Elephant is a wonderful reminder of the core values of compassion, kindness and belonging.' Just Imagine

'Featured in The Bookseller's May Previews 2022.' The Bookseller

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