“Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you’ll have to try your best, he’s very good!”–Back cover.
I love this book! The illustrations are really fun and are perfect for that hide-and-seek feeling, being a little darker toned and shadowy. It’s hilarious that the elephant is great at hide-and-seek and the turtle is amazing at tag. :)
David Barrow is Children’s Book author and illustrator and a graduate of the Children’s Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin Cambridge School of Art. Whilst on the course, David created his first picture book, Have you seen Elephant? He won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in Children’s Book illustration at his Masters show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Since then he has produced several Picture Books for numerous publishers, including the Kate Greenaway nominated Troll Stroll and Fergus Barnaby Goes On Holiday.
Before becoming an author/illustrator David tried a variety of occupations including a brief and largely unsuccessful career as a “Rock Star” (although he still harbours the belief that he will headline Madison Square Garden one day). Also, he was almost in The Fall. Long story…
David now lives in the wilds of Northamptonshire in England with his wife Jo and son Teddy.
Where did you originally get the idea for this book?
The book was based on the concept of the “Elephant in the Room”; a big, unavoidable, overwhelming presence that no-one talks about. I thought it would be fun to have an actual Elephant that no-one talked about. Originally, Elephant was going to be a burglar, then he was a master spy. Finally I had the light-bulb moment, how about a game of Hide and Seek? Elephants would be brilliant at that!
What guides or references did you use while creating the illustrations for this book?
Have you ever seen kids play Hide and Seek?! They come up with some of the most hilarious hiding places ever. The illustrations are all based on real life Hide and Seek experiences!
When was your favorite time reading Have You Seen Elephant aloud? Why?
I ALWAYS love reading this book in schools. The children go apoplectic when the little boy in the story can’t see the Elephant . They always have moved about a metre nearer to me by the end of reading, vigorously pointing out the Elephant!