Author + Illustrator: Mike Wu
Published in 2015 by Disney-Hyperion
Ellie is a baby elephant who lives happily among her friends at the zoo. But suddenly they receive the devastating news that the zoo is closing. The charming animals come together to make a dedicated and desperate effort to save their beloved home. While all of the other animals are busy working hard and using their special talents to help rescue the zoo, Ellie feels helpless because she doesn’t know how she can contribute. But when she finds a paintbrush and paint, she has the opportunity to discover her own hidden talent that will help save the zoo. This adorable and heartwarming story encourages both individuality and teamwork as it showcases each animal using their unique gifts to help the cause.
Author/illustrator (+ PIXAR ANIMATOR!) Mike Wu website:
Fascinating interview with author/illustrator Mike Wu and brilliant Ellie book trailer: