Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"Tilly and Tank" - a bookwrap

Today's book is a sweet and humorous tale that let's us take a peek at a budding friendship between two very unalike but very alike species.  The book encourages kids to step out and make new friends, not war. 


Authored and illustrated by Jay Fleck

            Jan 09, 2018 | 48 Pages | 3-7 years
Age Range: 3 - 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool - 2

Unwrapping some sweet illustrations for you

About the book

This is a sweet tale about Tilly the elephant.  One day she is out taking her morning stroll when she happens to spot something unusual in the distance.  She carefully studies the silhouette and concludes by its shape that it must be another elephant.  It certainly looks like it has a trunk and a tail just like her but it is army green instead of blue like her.  

Happily Tilly approaches the stranger and the alien's alarm sounds, 'WEE-OOO!WEE-OO! WEE-OO!" Unafraid of the loud noise Tilly walks closer and closer to the noisy green elephant and inspects him from head to tail. He certainly is different from her.  She clears her throat and says, "Hello."

"BOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOM!!! was his reply.  Badly frightened Tilly runs for cover with her eyes closed.  In her safe space she peeks out and analyses just what happened.  Perhaps that is how the new elephant says hello in his own language she reasons.   After another try of approaching him she receives the same results..."BOOOOOOOOO OOOOOM!!!  Oh boy, Tilly heads for the hills!!!!  

 Determined Tilly doesn't give up.  One last try brings victory to both Tilly and that strange elephant who really is a tank on patrol.  A beautiful friendship blossoms between the two and they find lasting companionship even though they are very, very different.  The message is very clear... through kindness and tolerance, friendship and peace can become a beautiful reality. 

The simple illustrations are full of expression and action greatly enriching the story.  I love the book and would totally recommend it  It is very creative thinking. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author/illustrator

Jay Fleck is a Shorewood, IL based illustrator and author. His artwork is bold and imaginative, featuring whimsical animal pairings, images of faraway lands and fantasy playgrounds, or just beautiful compositions of color and shape. He is inspired by old memories from childhood along with new experiences with his two young children.

He drew a lot as a child but grew up to pursue other things, like a degree in computer engineering. After submitting several T-shirt designs to however, he got hooked on art and illustration. His artwork has been selected for print at, has been featured on products at the GAP, Papyrus, on the front page of, along with a number of other brick and mortar and internet stores.

He lives with my family south of Chicago, which he believes is the best city in the world. (Just ask him about the hotdogs!) He spends his spare time running and reading (but not at the same time).

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