Ellie the elephant's parents are having a party and have asked her to stay out of the way. But she becomes hungry. She tries to ask her parents for help, but they are too busy with the party. Then she tries to get food for herself, but she is too small. She notices something going on in the mouse hole in the kitchen. She leans down for a peek. She sees a mouse on a television show teaching mice how to make tiny pie. The mice come out into the kitchen for a pie party and to share their tiny pies with Ellie.

The illustrations are created with paint. They are unusual in style and body proportions (large heads on thin bodies). There is a painting on the wall on page two of naked people dancing in a circle.

Although this is a cute concept, I had trouble understanding where the authors were going with the story. What was the central point? The story of Ellie morphs into another sing-songy story about mice making pie on television. Ellie is also a little girl elephant still in diapers and unable to speak which to me means under the age of one. Why is she running around alone? Why does she not have anyone to care for her? This bothered me. The story felt like a jumble of absurdity which I normally love if it comes to some sort of understandable conclusion. The only point I got here was, making pie solves everything. There is a recipe for pie in the back that children will enjoy making after reading the book. Recommended for ages 4-8. I think ages 4-7 would enjoy this the most.

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