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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is the third book in the Elphie Books series written by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron. Elphie the Elephant looks into the mirror at his tiger-elephant costume. He finds it so frightening that he tells his mother he doesn’t like it. With all the other trick-or-treaters going door to door for treats while dressed as angels, kings or pirates, Elphie doesn’t know what to do. After careful consideration, Elphie’s mother whispers into his ear with a great idea to go trick-or-treating as Elphie! After all, nobody could be a better Elphie than Elphie himself. Elphie’s best friend, Phante, cannot understand why Elphie receives so many treats from the neighborhood people when her costume is so much better than his. Angry, Phante complains about her empty bucket when Elphie’s is so full. Elphie pours half of his sweets into Phante’s bucket because he likes his best friend’s pirate costume too. Phante is grateful and hugs Elphie, making them both feel much happier.
Hagit and Or Oron’s latest adventure with Elphie is filled with many lessons about manners and feeling good about yourself. Both the story and the illustrations complemented each other beautifully, bringing the tale to life in a full burst of color. I loved the added special touch of having pictures on Elphie’s wall which depict earlier Elphie books. While trick-or-treating together, Phante quickly becomes jealous that the neighborhood people seem to like Elphie’s costume better than they like hers and, as a result, she gets angry at Elphie and blames him. Phante’s loud announcement to each house that she is a pirate, has a great costume, and wants their sweets is not met well by the people in the homes they visit, yet Elphie quietly waits and answers questions about what his costume is meant to be. Elphie Goes Trick or Treating is a lesson in humbleness, quiet confidence, and friendship. I recommend this book to children between the ages of 5 and 10 in the hopes that they learn how to be kind, not only to others but also to themselves.