Kate Banks has written many books for children, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She grew up in Maine, where she and her two sisters and brother spent a lot of time outdoors, and where Banks developed an early love of reading. “I especially liked picture books,” she says, “and the way in which words and illustrations could create a whole new world in which sometimes real and other times magical and unexpected things could happen.” Banks attended Wellesley College and received her master's in history at Columbia University. She lived in Rome for eight years but now lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons, Peter Anton and Maximilian.
“Readers can spot the grinning creature throughout, whimsically camouflaged into lush paintings that blend fantasy and reality . . . Forget about the elephant in the room—the one in your imagination is a lot more fun.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The text gives pointers on elephant-spotting, while the sophisticated, textural artwork allows young readers to spot elephants that the obedient, fictional child does not see . . . Another tribute to imagination from highly creative partners.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Kulikov’s colorful and playful mixed-media illustrations are a joy to peruse. With an elephant skillfully camouflaged on every page, adults and children will take delight in finding and pointing it out.” —Booklist