Randal the Elephant is a story of courage and self-identity. Randal the otter dreams of being something bigger, a LOT bigger―an elephant―and has the courage to follow his dream. Randal looks at the diversity in his world and sees its beauty and majesty, and his friends embrace his choice and express their enduring love for him, no matter what his chosen outward identity. Join Randal on his journey of self-discovery, one in which he never forgets who he is, as he explores who he can become.
Ciara Gavin is an author and illustrator of picture books for children. Her titles include Room for Bear, Bear is Not Tired, Randal the Elephant and A Little Bit Worried which was illustrated by Tim Warnes. She lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.
Ciara thinks children are the best artists in the world and her dream is to one day draw as freely and joyfully as children do.
Ciara says: ‘When I make my books, I make a lot of mistakes, sometimes I spills things, break things and colour in outside of the lines but I just keep going because that is how everything in life is made including picture books.’
She thinks every home should have a cosy corner, chocolate orange biscuits, white paper and a pencil because that is all you need to get started on your own big dream.