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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Sometimes the things we hear on the news can be rather frightening. When Elphie is playing with his friends, an older boy mentions hearing on the news that the end of the world is coming. Elphie is worried and rushes home to be with his family. When he tells his parents, they reassure Elphie that they will be together, no matter what happens. They hug and then Mom suggests they have a party, what Dad calls “An End of the World party!” Elphie is hesitant throughout the preparations, but he slowly relaxes as Mom and Dad pull him into the fun. And, when the sun sets at the end of the day, they huddle together and realize how blessed they are – even if it is the end of the world.
Hagit R. Oron’s picture book story, Elphie Meets the End of The World (Elphie’s Books Book 4), addresses some of the fears young people are bound to have with all the frightening things they might hear on the news. The plot develops through Elphie’s fears and climaxes when he realizes that his parents have the right idea, to seize the day and make the best of every moment, even by having an end of the world party. The language is simple to help young readers follow along with the story and the colorful illustrations help move the story forward. Young readers will certainly relate to Elphie and his apocalyptic fears. Life can be very frightening at times, but it’s good to know there’s love, warmth and safety with one’s family and those you love and you know love you.