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The Elephant - Peter Carnavas


Published: 3rd July 2017
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‘An elephant?’ Arthur gasped. ‘In your house? But... is it real?’

Olive leaned a little closer and lowered her voice.

‘Well, that's the thing . . . ’

Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as a large grey elephant following him around. With the help of her cheery grandfather and her best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase away her father’s elephant.

Beautifully written, this novel from acclaimed author and illustrator Peter Carnavas will stay with you long after you finish.


For teaching about magic in the oddest places.


It can be applied to primary school teachers for the upper grades such years 5/6. The book teaches about the hope for the future and finding love and happiness in the oddest places. It discusses about the place of older people still working. About being friendly and caring for animals.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


The Elephant

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Peter Carnavas

Peter Carnavas was born in Brisbane in 1980. As a small boy he enjoyed copying out his favourite picture books and occasionally typed a small newspaper about the goings-on of his household. At age ten, Peter’s family moved to the Sunshine Coast, where he gave up the violin, took up the guitar and learned to fish.

Like most children his age, Peter was an enormous fan of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. He spent most of his teenage years playing the guitar and drawing characters all over his school books, often wishing he could draw as well as his brother.

Peter initially studied Media Studies before becoming a primary school teacher. He has conducted cartooning workshops with children, painted school murals and developed an online travel buddy with students, which was awarded an Education Queensland Showcase Award. If it was all up to Peter, he would spend most of his time reading books with his daughter, trying to play the mandolin and drawing little pictures of people.

Jessica's Box is Peter’s first published book.

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ISBN: 9780702259616
ISBN-10: 0702259616
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 3rd July 2017
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.9  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.23