I filmed this video while out in the field at the Mpala Research Centre with elephant expert Sandy Oduor. We had just spent the morning identifying and counting elephants on the grounds when we came upon this migratory herd of about 30-40 individuals on the left side of the road, prev
Thundering trumpets, could it be?? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, elephant book!! Yesterday at approximately 8:03am, How to Be an Elephant was born into the world! With flapping ears and whiffling trunks the herd gathered to welcome the little 14.9-ounce newborn, and with her gorgeous print job and
A hand and an arm and a nose and a shower—an elephant’s trunk is like a Swiss Army knife of tools! With over 100,000 muscles crisscrossing its length, this appendage is a masterpiece of strength and dexterity. In this video, shot at the Sheldrick Ithumba Camp in Tsavo National Park, I
Happy August, and HELLO elephant books! First of all, a huge THANK YOU to those of you who entered my Shark Week giveaway last month! It was such a big success and went so far beyond my expectations that I decided to select two winners instead of just one. Congratulations to Janeth C.
This month I had the honor of doing my first interview for How to Be an Elephant with the wonderful Luann Toth from School Library Journal. Below, you can read our conversation on research, process, and the future of elephants. Following on the heels of her Sibert Honor–winning Neigh
If you are what you eat, elephants are basically one big walking pile of acacia leaves. They eat other plants too, of course—some populations of elephants have hundreds of different greens to choose from—but the elephants that I met in Kenya loved acacia plants, enormous spikes and al
There are all of these little moments in my sketches that never make it into a final book, raw ideas that are loose and messy that capture the feelings or information I want to work into in a scene. Some are diagrams, some are page spreads, some belong in a future, unwritten project.