A jewel of a middle-grade novel about a resilient little girl who longs for her dad to break free from the elephant of his depression.
A big grey elephant is following Olive's father around. It leaves with him for work and trails behind him when he comes home, keeping him heavy and sad. Every day, Olive wishes it would disappear.
When she is asked to bring something old and wonderful to show her class, Olive immediately wants to bring her old bike - but she will need her father's help to fix it. Teaming up with her cheery grandad and best friend Arthur, she sets out to chase the elephant away.
Award-winning author-illustrator Peter Carnavas portrays a child's response to her father's depression with naïve wisdom. In defiance of the looming grey presence, The Elephant is an intergenerational story of resilience, family, and hope.