Holding your book for the first time is a little like meeting your newborn baby. After investing weeks or months (or even years) of work and worry, your heart is skipping about with joy. Look at you, amazing little thing that I made! You’re finally here! I wish my ears were big enough to flap with excitement, because introducing this next book to my readers feels so wild and wonderful. HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT: GROWING UP IN THE AFRICAN WILD goes on sale September 19, and I could not be more proud of this project, or more delighted to get my hands on my first advanced reader copies.
Where NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS follows a day of hunting in the life of one great white shark, HOW TO BE AN ELEPHANT follows the story of a baby African elephant on her journey to adulthood. A 220-pound infant has precious little time to learn the incredible array of skills she’ll need to keep up, from projecting her voice across a 10-octave range to using the 100,000 muscles in her trunk to stay hydrated. But this giant-to-be has the perfect classroom—a family herd made up of her mother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. With their help and protection, she’ll learn how to survive, how to thrive, and how to be an elephant.
ELEPHANT explores the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd, and is based on the latest scientific research and my own expedition to Kenya. As with SHARKS, it’s full of lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams to vividly share the way an elephant lives its life, from uncertain newborn to extraordinary, majestic adult. I hope that you’ll fall for these elephants as much as I have, and find their story to be informative, beautiful, and unique. Thank you, fellow explorers and animal lovers for joining me on this journey. And welcome to the world, little book—your birth is less than five months away!