David Elliot was born in Ashburton, in the South Island of New Zealand. He is an award-winning illustrator and author who has achieved international success. In America he is known for his work in the Redwall epic by Brian Jacques and The Great Tree of Avalon series by T.A. Barron.
* STARRED REVIEW* "With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons. Elliot's squiggly watercolor and pencil illustrations make clever use of white space, with the pictures expanding as the confusion of the story does and receding as Henry's world becomes orderly once again."--School Library Journal (starred review)
*STARRED REVIEW* "Henry, an adorable pig, maps his farm world and puts everything in its place. Henry likes things organized. When he realizes that the farm outside his sty is a mess, he worries that no one will be able to find anything. His solution is to draw a map. Going from the sheep's woolshed to the cow pasture to the stable and the chicken coop, Henry shows his growing creation to the animals along the way. The animals are excited to see sketches of themselves and soon join the cartography expedition, ending on the hill above the farm. The parade, with chickens and sheep taking a ride on horses and Henry's little trotters leading the way, sets the tone for comedy. When the livestock reach the top of the hill to compare the map to the actual farm, they are horrified to see that, while the map (and the hill) is filled with animals, the farm is empty! Racing back, the group checks each place and finds that now-miraculously-the animals are back in their places. Phew! Henry's face, often filled with a worried scowl, allows readers to feel his need for order. Detailed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations add to the comedic timing, especially when Henry finds his face in the mirror, in the sty, right where he belongs. Here's hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for Henry's Map *** "With appealing characters and gentle humor, this book will be a hit at storytime, or as an introduction to mapping lessons." --School Library Journal *** (starred) *** "Here's hoping for many more Henry-centric adventures." --Kirkus Reviews *** (starred) "Elliot's barnyard animals brim with personality and emotion, matching the understated humor of this charming story." --Publisher's Weekly "This story may even inspire budding cartographers to map their own world." --Booklist