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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Yael Frankel
Age Range: 6-8
“Every trip changes us, even a trip on the elevator.”
As a young girl sets out with her dog Roco for their afternoon walk, she must first take the elevator from the fourth floor of their apartment block down to the ground floor. Even though she presses the button in the elevator to go down, they go up. Someone must have called it earlier. Mrs Paula, (who is afraid of dogs), gets in on the seventh floor. Despite pressing down, they go up again. There follows a series of stops and starts as the elevator arrives on different floors and more people get in, including Cora and her twins. Suddenly the elevator judders to a halt and stops between floors. Now they are all stuck together. Luckily, Mrs Paula has a lovely surprise for everyone and Mr Miguel, the oldest resident in the block, regales the crying twins with a very special story.
This delightfully quirky book by Argentinian author and illustrator Yael Frankel, translated by Kit Maude, transforms a simple concept of the everyday workings of an elevator filling it with detailed human interaction. It demonstrates kindness and caring, as well as creating a whimsical 'story' within a story. The amusing illustrations and design, in black and white with touches of bright red, are a mixture of drawings, collage, and photography.
Available in English for the first time from New York-based publishers Tapioca Stories The Elevator is a refreshingly original story that is lots of fun and provides the reader with an additional surprise inside the book.
Frankel’s books have won several awards, including White Ravens 2015 and 2020, Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos 2016, and ALIJA IBBY Argentina 2017. Her illustrations for The Elevator won the 2019 Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival and also won a laureate for Best Picture Book at the 2019 International Children’s Book Fair, Russia.