The Truth about Elephants (Truth About Your Favorite Animals)

by Maxwell Eaton (Author) Maxwell Eaton (Illustrator)

Did you know that an elephant's tusks never stop growing?Did you know that elephants can sometimes purr like giant cats?And that they use six sets of teeth throughout their lives?Impress your friends and teachers with these facts and more in The Truth About Elephants, a wildly entertaining (not to mention hilarious) nonfiction picture book offering everything you want to know about this majestic animal.
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Kirkus Reviews

Like the rest of the series, charming, informative, and effective.


Readers will effortlessly access all this new knowledge to impress family members and friends. As with Eaton's previous forays, this is sure to be an oft-requested crowd-pleaser.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--This latest installment of "The Truth About" books opens with the punny boast that it contains "tons of information" about Earth's largest land animal. And indeed, it covers the basics of elephant types, traits, habitats, and behaviors. The true appeal of the book lies in its accessible style; librarians could use it as a playful counterpoint to Katherine Roy's comprehensive How To Be an Elephant. Eaton's work is unapologetically geared toward recreational nonfiction readers. Fans of the series will be pleased to find all of its usual motifs, including expressive cartoon illustrations, speech bubbles ("I get snacky at night," mumbles one elephant through a mouthful of leaves), easily digestible facts, and a wisecracking gallery of animals (this time featuring a manatee, a dugong, and a hyrax who form a jazz trio). Before concluding with a single spread of back matter, Eaton reminds readers that while humans pose the greatest threat to elephants, people can also help by reading, teaching, and speaking out on elephants' behalf. VERDICT A characteristically charming and browsable addition to the series. Consider for readers looking for a bit of information and humor.--Rebecca Honeycutt, NoveList, Durham, NC

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Maxwell Eaton
Maxwell Eaton III is the author and illustrator of The Flying Beaver Brothers graphic novel series, The Truth About Your Favorite Animals picture book series, Bear Builds a House, and more. Born in the Green Mountains, with stints in the Rocky and Tucson Mountains, Maxwell now lives with his family in the Adirondack Mountains.
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Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
November 20, 2018
Truth about Your Favorite Animals
BISAC categories
JNF028000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | General
JNF003070 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals | Elephants
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