Lark Pien is the colorist for the National Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Winner American Born Chinese by Gene Yang and the author and illustrator of the comic Long Tail Kitty. Mr. Elephanter is based on a character that first appeared in one of her hand-printed mini-comics. She lives in Oakland, California.
There isn't a page here that doesn't melt with charm, from Mr.
Elephanter, with his balloon head and small detonation of a
mustache, to the tumbling, bumbling elephanties. With a slightly
old-fangled atmosphere, expressive line work and balmy watercolors,
Pien has created a sense of well being, where all is (mostly) right
in the best of worlds.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The text has the delicate effervescence of nonsense, which is,
as usual when at its best, rooted in solid and realistic
structure.... The illustrations employ gentle-toned watercolors and
softly detailed pencil lines, with an enchanting toylike
miniaturization in the bijou scenes.... It's original, it's funny,
and it's filled with entrancing tiny elephants-what more could an
--Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books (starred review) This vision of quiet love and steady, dependable attention is just the thing for children to fall asleep to.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)