Illustrator Mike Curato just signed with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (a subsidiary of Macmillan) to create three books based on his character Elly, a sweet little polka-dotted elephant. Congrats Mike! The first one will be released in the fall of 2014.
There is something about seeing little, vulnerable animals in a bustling human world that makes my heart ache. Curato's tender works remind me of German artist Michael Sowa (previously here) and his precious bunnies trying to make their way in a big, human world. Elly looks to be having a perfectly good time, but I do want to offer some comfort during the sad film...