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Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead

Special Delivery

by Philip C. Stead

Other authors: Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)

Series: Sadie (1)

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Sadie is determined to get her gift - a friendly, gray elephant - to her Great-Aunt Josephine in this entertaining picture-book adventure. When the postal service proves too expensive, she attempts an aerial delivery, only to crash land almost on top of an alligator. After following the alligator downstream, she and the elephant hop a ride on a train with some robber monkeys. Eventually, after having lots of fun, they arrive at Great-Aunt Josephine's...

Having enjoyed various picture-books from author Philip C. Stead and illustrator Matthew Cordell in the past, I was curious to see what the two would produce together, and I was not disappointed! Special Delivery is a fun little romp, and I enjoyed following the intrepid Sadie and her elephant companion on their journey. The artwork, done in ink and watercolor, is full of motion, and contains lots of little amusing details. Recommended to anyone looking for engaging new picture-books, particularly ones featuring adventurous and warmhearted little girls (and/or elephants!). ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 20, 2017 |
Cover: How many stamps does it take to mail an elephant?

Jen: The artwork reminded me of Roald Dahl, and was filled with character! I really enjoyed the facial expressions, human and animal. Sadie spends the story attempting to deliver an elephant to her Great-aunt Josephine. When she learns normal snail-mail won't do the trick, she asks a pilot, an alligator, some monkey bandits, and an ice-cream truck driver for assistance! Philip Stead just makes me happy! ( )
  libheroine | Jun 5, 2017 |
A wild, whimsical adventure. Fabulous absurd fun. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |

Sadie goes through a great deal of trouble to get an elephant to her great aunt Josephine, who "lives almost completely alone and could really use the company." The "almost completely" is key: it turns out the elephant is not the first animal Sadie has sent Aunt J's way, but the two are obviously happy to see each other. The repetition in the text is a charming chorus, while each attempt to transport the elephant provides an aspect of creativity (stamps, plane, alligator, etc.). ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 31, 2015 |
This is a modern fantasy picture book about a little girl trying to deliver an elephant to her Great Aunt Josephine who lives alone. First the girl tries to send it by post office, but the elephant is too large. Then she takes an airplane, but the plane crashes. Next she tries swimming down stream with an alligator guide, taking a train with bandit monkeys and finally has an ice cream truck pull them to her great aunt's houses. ( )
  kvelin | Mar 31, 2015 |
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Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company. She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train, and an alligator to get to her aunt's home. Along the way she meets an array of interesting characters, including an odd postal worker and a gang of bandit monkeys, who all help her get where she is going.
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