The acclaimed Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author-illustrator and former Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne is back with new picture book, Ernest the Elephant, which is poignant story about a baby elephant who gets lost in a mysterious jungle.

Anthony Browne, a celebrated British author and Illustrator started his career as an aspiring painter. He went from medical illustrator to greeting card designer. After designing cards for five years, he started writing and illustrating his own books. Since then, he has provided a captive audience with over fifty beautifully illustrated adventures. His books have been translated into twenty-six different languages and his illustrations have been exhibited worldwide. Anthony Browne has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award, has been the children’s laureate, and was recently appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to literature.

Ernest The Elephant is his most recent release. The illustrations are based on some of Browne’s earlier work made in 1975. The crocodile found in the jungle is very similar to the original crocodile from forty-six years ago. His vivid imagination creates a stunning book cover. Amidst the blades of grass you’ll find a tea cup flower, an umbrella, fish and eyes.

You first meet Ernest, a baby elephant, marching behind his mother. He is happy and content but begins to wonder what else life has to offer. One day he spots a colourful, deep jungle and asks his mum what it is. He ignores her warnings and wanders into the jungle. Upon discovering a beautiful but dangerous place Ernest becomes lost. Now on a mission to find his mother he seeks help in this unfamiliar place and finds it in the most unexpected way.

A wonderfully illustrated tale that delivers a heartfelt message in an accessible way for children.

Images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published Ernest the Elephant by Anthony Browne.

Ernest the Elephant is out now, published by Walker Books