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The zoo is closing! Ellie and her friends want to save their home, but Ellie's just a baby elephant, and she doesn't know what she can do to help. While the other animals are busy working, Ellie finds a brush and some paints, and gives the zoo a big splash of color! Will her bright new talent be enough to keep the zoo's gates open for good?...

Title : Ellie
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ISBN : 20487364
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Ellie Reviews

  • Sara Grochowski
    2019-02-04 00:56

    The illustrations in Mike Wu's picture book debut, Ellie are ridiculously adorable. The cast includes the title character, Ellie the Elephant, an intellectual gorilla named Gerard, a mustachioed zookeeper named Walt, and more - each more charming than the last. Though I loved the illustrations, I wished the text was a bit stronger. My biggest quibble was that Ellie goes from worrying she has no skills to contribute to keeping the soon-to-be-closed zoo open for business, but, by the end, it's solely Ellie that's lauded as the hero. I would have preferred Ellie finding her niche within the group in a way that more clearly complemented her friends and promoted teamwork. Yes, it's implied, but it would have been nice to see a final callback to that idea. Still, I liked this one and look forward to more from Wu!

  • Emily Scheinman
    2019-02-14 19:37

    Ellie, the artist, quickly wiggled into my heart with her quiet determination to make her home a more beautiful and lasting place among her zoo friends.

  • AdaLibrary
    2019-01-23 21:32

    Adorable story about finding ones gifts; loved the pictures!

  • Melody
    2019-02-15 23:52

    Such a sweet story about an adorable elephant who doesn't feel she has any talents but ends up surprising herself and her entire zoo community. This is a great children's book for those who love art....and discovering hidden talents. :)

  • Sally
    2019-02-06 23:49

    At the beginning of this story, Ellie the elephant is saddened as the zoo is closing and she is unaware of how she can help. She sees other animals assisting; however, Ellie feels as though she has no special skills. In the end, Ellie accidentally realizes her unexpected skill and helps to save the zoo. This children's book presents the story of an individual who felt as though she had no power but found her voice and her identity through painting. This story is very powerful and speaks to the importance of identity. "Ellie" could prove to be a beneficial supplemental text to encourage students to think about their own skills and abilities and how they are beneficial, as individuals, to the communities they are members of.This children's book could be the companion text to "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton. Both Ellie and Ponyboy realize that their surroundings are experiencing detrimental conditions and must do something to change the overall environment. While Ellie realizes her own talent as an artist, Ponyboy realizes that fighting doesn't solve anything, innocence doesn't last forever, and it is okay to be different from those around you. Ponyboy then writes the story of his fellow Greasers and the Socs and how a series of unfortunate, unnecessary events progressed and created understandings and realizations.

  • Laura
    2019-02-02 19:48

    Ellie by Mike Wu is an adorable read about helping, teamwork, and finding your talent in this world. Finding what makes you stand out. Finding what helps make you—you.A cute story with a super cute elephant and message.Check it out at your local Library.p.s. I really don’t have a reason for the 3 stars. *shrugs* It took me awhile to get my hands on this one, so the story may have paid the hype price. Cute, but that’s it? ---was my first thought after closing it. Sorry, Ellie.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-02-01 20:32

    The illustrations are absolutely eye-catching and delicious. A stand true stand out. I love it!

  • Maddie Jaques
    2019-02-07 19:53

    My daughters name is Ellie. I just found our new favorite book...

  • Jasmine
    2019-02-12 00:52

    Well that was adorable. There really are no other adjectives I could use here, just adorable.

  • Amy Brown
    2019-01-28 17:29


  • Heather
    2019-01-25 00:40

    A beautifully illustrated book about discovering what you're good at. I love how the paintings change from dark and dull to bright and colorful as the story progresses and emotions change.

  • Larissa ☾
    2019-01-22 23:56

    Such an adorable story for kids to read. I would have loved this if I read this when I was younger. I love this children's book; Ellie is so cute!

  • Karen Gibson
    2019-02-08 22:48

    This precious little picture book speaks to a child about using their own personal gifts to help the world.

  • Linda Gill
    2019-02-07 17:37

    The zookeeper makes a difficult announcement...the zoo would be closing. To the animals, this was their home. What would happen to them? They wondered if there was something that would keep the zoo open. What could each one do to "spruce it up a bit?" Every animal had some ability that they used to clean up the zoo...that is, all but Ellie, the elephant. But one day, the zookeeper left a paint brush out with orange paint still in the bristles. Ellie tried using it. She found that she could, rainbows, animals, people. And she painted everywhere. All around the zoo! Everywhere! Word got out that Ellie, the elephant, was very creative. People from the city came to see what Ellie had done and what she could do. Reporters showed up to get the word out. Then, people from around the world visited the zoo to watch Ellie painting. They visited her gallery. They saw the clean and colorful zoo. The animals home was saved and more beautiful than ever.This is a delightful story. It has a happy ending. The art is gracefully done and peaceful to look upon. "Ellie" reminds us that each one of us has something special to give to the world. Sometimes, it takes a bit of seeking to find that talent, that ability, that specialty. Ellie found hers after much dismay, but she becomes an happy elephant and the reader becomes happier once the tale is told. Reading Level: ages 3-5Author/IllustratorThis is Mike Wu's first book, but he is an animator at Pixar. He has worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and Toy Story 3, among other movies. He has a BFA in Character Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. Mike lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family. You can find him online at

  • Tylon Miller
    2019-02-05 17:39

    Ellie By Mike WuSummary: This book is about a sweet elephant named Ellie. Ellie lives at the zoo with the rest of her zoo friends. One day the zookeeper gathered the animals and told them that the zoo was closing, the animals were heartbroken. All of the zoo animals decided to all pitch in and help clean up the zoo to make it look nicer. Everyone seemed to be able to do something to help but Ellie. Ellie felt like everyone had a talent but her. Ellie took the zookeepers paintbrush and started painting and she made beautiful paintings all around the zoo. Word spread about what Ellie could do. People from all over the world came to have their portrait painted by Ellie. Thanks to Ellie, the zoo was open for good! Activity: Draw a self-portrait of yourself from a picture. Make sure to include everything about yourself. (Eye color, hair color, if your nails are painted, glasses, etc.) After you are done drawing your self-portrait, write a paragraph explaining your favorite thing about yourself and what makes you special and stand out just like Ellie.Citation: Wu, M. (2015). Ellie. Los Angeles: Disney * Hyperion.

  • Becky B
    2019-01-28 16:47

    Zookeeper Walt says that the zoo has to close. The animals all decide to do things to try and make the zoo look nicer so the people will let it stay open. Ellie doesn't feel able to help at all, that is until she discovers a hidden talent that ends up saving the zoo.Living here in Thailand, elephant shows aren't that hard to find. And many of the shows include painting elephants and sell the paintings in the tourist shops. So I don't find this tale too far-fetched. I'm guessing many of the students at our school will draw the same connections. Of course, the real elephants' paintings are quite up to Ellie's standards, but that's what makes Ellie a little bit magical. I know the average reader is not going to be living quite so close to so many elephant artists, so I'm guessing the average reader will more likely draw connections with Ellie finding her special talent after feeling worthless.

  • Agnė
    2019-02-01 16:46

    A simple and cute story about discovering one's talents and purpose.Pixar animator Mike Wu's watercolor illustrations are lovely. I love his use of white space and color for emphasis!

  • Kristen
    2019-01-31 19:28

    This wonderfully adorable book focuses on Ellie the elephant. When she and her friends discover that their beloved zoo home is going to closed, they come together to see what they can do to keep the doors open. It seems that everyone is a expert or has a special talent and is always one step ahead of Ellie. Sad she finds a paintbrush on the ground and starts to doodle on a wall. When the zookeeper comes back she's worried he won't like what she's done. Her fears are answered when he runs off without saying a word but she is relieved to see him come back with a cart full of different paints. Before you know it Ellie is adding her special touches to the zoo and evening painting the visitors. This is an amazing little tale that encourages everyone to keep trying until they find that little thing that they too can excel at. I would suggest this title to children and adults of all ages.

  • Margie
    2019-01-19 19:49

    If you were to ask a group of children what they do best, their answers will span a broad spectrum, some understandably typical, others refreshingly original. Continuing the conversation I wonder what one thing they will see themselves doing as adults. What will be their occupation? What will they dedicate their lives to doing?It is not easy to discover your talent. When you search your mind and heart, you need to listen closely so the voice of your gift can be heard. Once you understand this, where will you go, what can you do or who will you help? Ellie (Disney Hyperion, May 12, 2015) written and illustrated by debut picture book author illustrator Mike Wu is about a zoo, the animals making their home there and an elephant longing to make a discovery. My full recommendation:

  • MissBookworm15
    2019-02-14 19:47

    Ellie is a darling little elephant who just wants to help her friends spruce up the zoo after the zookeeper tells them their zoo is going to close. But when the jobs are either too big or too difficult for Ellie, she feels a bit down-until she spots the zookeeper with a paintbrush! At first, Ellie is worried she's done something she shouldn't have, but with encouragement from her zoo friends, her gift and talent spreads far and wide for all to enjoy. A tender and very relatable story for anyone who has felt unsure how they can be of help to others in need. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations that harken back to those in childhood favorites bring a ton of heart to Ellie's art!

  • Katherine Odom-Tomchin
    2019-02-06 19:50

    This one-of-a-kind children’s book features an artistic elephant named Ellie who is determined to stop her home, the zoo, from closing. Pairing the heartwarming story with adorable watercolor pictures that add a little something extra to the text, Ellie is a must-read and the perfect choice for children. It is sure to bring a little joy to the kids as they follow the loveable animals through their mission to save their home and contributes a great message: that we are all unique, and, if we work together and combine our individual talents, we can accomplish great things.

  • Megan Marvel
    2019-02-14 18:49

    What I liked about this book was that it pulled from a fun reality. In real life, elephants have proven their smarts and sensitivity by picking up a paintbrush and drawing. I loved that that was how Ellie overcame her anxiety in not knowing how to save her friends and zoo. It was not some fantastic, unbelievable skill that popped out of someone's imagination, but out of the real skill some elephants have. This could lead into discussions on elephants, elephant behavior and comprehension, friendship, finding your niche, helping others, etc. A good jumping off point.

  • Janice
    2019-02-15 23:39

    The zoo is closing but what can the animals do? Gerard, a very smart gorilla, thinks that they should spruce up a bit and very one gets busy. Everyone except Ellie that is, she’s a tiny elephant and unable to do much. It’s only when she picks up a paintbrush that she discovers what she can do, and can she ever. The zoo is saved! The pictures are adorable. Ellie is so sweet looking with her big eyes. The message of no matter how small everyone can do something is timeless. This is a sweet book that little ones will enjoy reading over and over.

  • Jenna Monaco
    2019-02-07 19:55

    Ellie wants so badly to help her friends spruce up the Zoo so that they don't go out of business. But Ellie can't find her talent. Then, she stumbles upon a paintbrush (in the most adorable illustration in the entire book, might I add). She creates a beautiful mural on the wall and suddenly, Ellie becomes the main attraction and saves the Zoo! Now, I personally don't care all that much for zoos, but this just a kids picture book and a very very cute one at that!So, five stars goes to Ellie.

  • Korey Watari
    2019-01-22 18:41

    Ellie is a sweet and endearing elephant who wants to help save her home but doesn't know how. It's great that she finds her gift/voice through her art. I love the beautiful use of watercolors and the overall classic feel of the book. The cast of zoo characters are charming and together with the implied message, leave the reader feeling inspired. The beginning and end pages of the book add a nice touch, and are not to be missed.

  • Kenard Pak
    2019-02-05 16:45

    You often hear that a good story is simple and to the point. "Ellie" easily fulfills this criteria, but in its own right the first time author and illustrator Mike Wu quietly builds the heroine's story about earnest interest and keen friendship in a quiet and breezy complexity that charms the reader. Accompanied by elegant, nostalgic, and soft watercolor paintings, "Ellie" is a great book to share with children or to admire in your own time.

  • Juliana
    2019-02-08 00:56

    What a sweet book. The animals are told the zoo is going to close so they all agree they have to do something to keep it open. Ellie doesn't know what her talent is and accidentally discovers she can paint. It's a quick read but it's so cute to see how happy she is when she brings people back to the zoo with her whimsical painting. The artwork is a delight and the book is fun and easy. I loved it.

  • Monique
    2019-01-28 23:55

    Ellie is an elephant that wants to help save the zoo. While all of the other animals have talents, Ellie has yet to find hers. Then it all changed... This wonderfully illustrated work teaches the lesson that everyone has something to offer the world. Disney/Pixar artist is simply amazing. Get this as it will be a classic!

  • Ryan
    2019-02-08 18:53

    Everyone can help in their own way. You never know, something you day may seem small but may mean the world to others. This is a cute picture book about an elephant that takes up painting as a way to save her zoo.#beatthebacklist #hermione #E

  • Amy
    2019-02-19 16:30

    love Ellie! A sweet elephant wonders what she can do to help save the zoo from closing. Quite by accident, she not only discovers her own, unique talent but also saves the zoo!Elephant puppet & paint brush.