I Want to Go First!
I Want to Go First!

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Annotation: The littlest always goes last--that's the elephant rule. But Elphie, the littlest elephant, is determined to go first. And where there's a will, there's a way--with a little help from the reader.
Catalog Number: #149384
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-250-12771-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99353-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-250-12771-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99353-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017007359
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Elphie the elephant is tired of being last in line just because he is the littlest. He enlists readers' help to cleverly trick the bigger elephants and move up to the front of the line: "Now can you make a loud hissing noise?" This fourth-wall-breaking story is an easy crowd pleaser, and Bryne's bright, cartoony illustrations are inviting.
Kirkus Reviews
On their way to the nature reserve's watering hole, Elphie, the littlest elephant, wants to move to the front of the line and so enlists readers to help. Byrne's interactive approach finds his main character addressing readers in an effort to disrupt the other elephants' places in line. "Hey, readers! I have an idea. On the count of three, shout out ELEANOR! / Ready? 1…2…3…" Eleanor, hearing her name, steps aside to investigate, and Elphie moves up in line. "Thank you, readers. I'm not last anymore!" As the group continues their trek, Elphie asks readers to hiss like a snake so one frightened friend jumps aside and "to please give the book a good shake," causing another to be too nervous to cross a wobbly bridge. But when readers are asked to squeak, growl, or roar, Elgar, the biggest, is not fooled. Black-outlined cartoon figures with round eyes and gray bodies in bright swim attire enact the sequence of events told in large, black text and dialogue bubbles. Elphie's polite request for readers' assistance works to scare off a large, selfish elephant who is dominating the waterhole, earning a place in front on the way home. Although the overall gimmick is amusing, readers may feel this reward is at odds with Elphie's fundamentally sneaky behavior. Though little ones will understand the desire to be in front, Elphie's means are questionable. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

The littlest always goes last--that's the elephant rule. But Elphie, the littlest elephant, is determined to go first. And where there's a will, there's a way! With a little help from you , reader. From the author-illustrator of This book just ate my dog! comes a new hilarious interactive picture book.

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