If I Were an Elephant

Per Gustavsson

Original Title
Om jag var en elefant
Published
Rabén & Sjögren, 2017
Genre
Picture books
Pages
32
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If I Were an Elephant

Per Gustavsson

Vera is having a picnic in the park with her pre-school. All the other kids have finished their sandwiches but she hasn’t even started, she’s lost in thoughts. She wonders what it would be like if she were a grand dad, or a butterfly that can fly, or an elephant or a volcano that spits fire and lava.
Or what if she were a girl called Vera sitting in a park pondering?
Per Gustavsson’s beautifully imaginative pictures take the reader to a world where everything is possible.

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“Per Gustavsson has an inspiring playful ability to let the thoughts go free with his imagination.”
“(…) he defends something that is not so little: the children’s right to be at peace and to sit quiet sometimes. The child’s world of thoughts is a private sphere.”
“(…) and it becomes both unruly and modest, crazy and wise, before Vera returns to her children’s group in the park.” Expressen

“Often a little curious detail that sneaks into the illustrations acquires an essential meaning” Blekinge Läns Tidning

“Illustration and text work extremely well together in this unusual story, where the creative reader, with the help of the illustrations, can create new stories.” BTJ