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Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite
Leave It to Beamer Presents: The Elephant in the Room by Clay Boura explores the idiom, “There’s an elephant in the room,” in a delightful way using a child’s imagination. The little boy hears his dad talk about an elephant in the room and imagines a history of a town where Pachyderm Punks were making trouble and the Mayor called on Ninja Elephants to solve the problem. In the little boy’s version of explaining what an elephant in the room was, he thinks that the elephant ninjas hid in grocery stores, parks, and in people’s homes, and finally captured the Pachyderm Punks and rid the city of the troublemakers. Then he asks his dad, “Where do the elephants hide in our house?”
Leave It to Beamer Presents: The Elephant in the Room by Clay Boura is just too cute, with excellent and colorful illustration. I found myself laughing out loud looking at Elephant Ninjas stalking Pachyderm Punks. We don’t realize how many times we use expressions that younger ones wouldn’t understand because they take them literally and The Elephant in the Room is a good example. Leave It to Beamer Presents: The Elephant in the Room by Clay Boura even provides an explanation at the end of what an idiom is, what this particular idiom means, and thoughts of where this phrase originally came from and why. Kids will get a kick out of this book and so will their parents.