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Shadow Elephant


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Nadine Robert is a Canadian author and publisher. She began her career as a video game designer and director of animated films. Her first picture book, "Joseph Fipps" (Enchanted Lion) received a STARRED review from Publishers Weekly. Cofounder of publishing house Comme des geants, she has always had a strong passion for children's illustrated books. She holds degrees in Education and Literature and she has translated a few picture books to French. She lives in Montreal Canada with her family. Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator and picture book author, whose work has received numerous recognitions. His book The Forest (Enchanted Lion, 2018) was a New York Time's Best Illustrated book of 2018, as was his book Jemmy Button, in 2013. His work has also received the Grand Prix of ILUSTRARTE, the International Biennal of Illustration; the CJ Picture Book Award; as well as honors from the American Society of Illustrators and the Bologna Children's Book Fair. His latest book Hundred (Kein & Aber 2018) is currently nominated for the German Children's Literature Award. Valerio currently lives and works in Porto, Portugal.


It is a human impulse, this urge to shoo the sadness away. It is also dehumanizing, for only when we let the blues rush in with their full intensity do we become fully alive and awake to the dazzling spectrum of feeling that makes life worth living. That is what Canadian author Nadine Robert and Italian artist Valerio Vidali explore with great subtlety and tenderness in The Shadow Elephant. -Brain Pickings
A deep look at sadness and the power of empathy to overcome it. -Waking Brain Cells
Simple, stylistic art provides the background for this elegantly empathic tale. -Publishers Weekly
The book's uncluttered compositions with tightly framed perspectives and Vidali's sure lines and simple shapes reduce the dramatic action to its essentials. The palette, dominated by velvety, richly colored blues, heightens the book's emotional impact, and the beguiling use of light and shadow establishes a wistful, pensive mood. The story, including its evocative title, can serve as an effective conversation starter on topics such as compassion, melancholy, and what it means to be a friend. A deeply felt, truly empathetic story about the value of sharing burdens with others. -Kirkus

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