Erica’s Elephant

When Erica Perkins wakes up on the morning of her tenth birthday, the last thing she expects is to find a very confused elephant sitting on her doorstep. Can a small girl and a rather large elephant learn to live together in a tiny terraced house? And when the dastardly owner of the local zoo plots to steal the elephant, will Erica be able to outsmart him?

An enchanting story about the unlikely friendship between a girl and her elephant.



Erica's Elephant is a heart-warming story about a girl who receives an elephant for her 10th birthday and forms an unlikely relationship with him.  I think Erica is a very kind-hearted character, who goes out of her way to help others and make their lives better.  She aspires to make the world a more bearable place, but lacks experience with the problems she faces.  I recommend this book because it is easy to read with delightfully woven passages, structures for comedy and enjoyment, as well as having themes of love and friendship.

Annabel, West Sussex

A mix of emotions

Erica is a girl who lives by herself.  On her birthday, she gets an elephant delivered to her and she loves it.  I found that it was a really heartfelt book with a core message of never giving up.  I really enjoyed the book as shows a mix of emotions.  I really enjoyed it and would certainly recommend it to my friends.

Lily, West Sussex

An extremely good read

Erica receives an elephant from her uncle in India but he didn't send her a licence, so the plan goes wrong.  I really enjoyed this book.  From this book, I learnt that elephants have a communication call for peaches for 6 miles.  It's an extremely good read.

Elizabeth, Surrey

You can become friends with anybody

When Erica's uncle sends her an elephant for her 10th birthday, both her and the elephant become very confused.  I really liked the book and found some of it very unexpected.  I learned from this book that however unlikely, you can become friends with anybody.

Beatrice, Surrey

How will it all turn out? 

This is about a girl who gets an elephant and only has £30 to sustain them.  She starts doing elephant rides and makes a friend.  When he tries to get the elephant into the zoo, things have to stop.  But, how will it all turn out?  Can a child ever be friends with an elephant?

Lucy, Surrey

An important message about love

On Erica’s tenth birthday, she wakes up to find an elephant on her doorstep. Erica lives in a small terraced house with her uncle Jeff. Jeff is in India, so she invites the elephant in and the elephant stays in Jeff’s room. Being a resourceful girl, Erica checks to see how much (and what) food elephants eat. When she discovers they eat 150Kg of cabbage a day, she thinks of a plan to raise enough money to feed the elephant. After she realises the elephant has a poorly leg she asks the zoo for help and this is when her problems start (if having an elephant in your house is not a problem in itself!)

Eventually Erica overcomes all these problems and the story ends on both a happy and sad note.
I enjoyed this book very much because I like elephants, Erica is a girl about my age who shows true GRIT and determination and it made me laugh out loud. Although it doesn’t end how I wanted it to, it ended with an important message about love.

Jacob, Surrey

Makes you stand up for your beliefs

In my opinion, this book proves that if you believe in something, you can make it happen, even if you are a young child.  I also believe that this book can make children want to stand up for their beliefs.

My favourite character is Miss Pritchett.  She is kind and caring in this book.  She stands up for what she believes.  She also shows that a person might seem mean and not very nice, but inside they have a warm, kind and extremely thoughtful heart.

I think you should read this book because it is funny and interesting.  It will also intrigue any reader, boy or girl.

Roxy, Surrey

A story with a moral

My favourite character is the elephant.  He is special animal, meaning that a real elephant would not listen to a human and communicate by tronking and being understood.  This animal has human features such as facial expressions, he is obedient and, most of all, he has real feelings for Erica.

This story is entertaining to read and it is a story with a moral.  Reading this book will help you with every day dilemmas and it is fun to read.

Daniela, Surrey

Comedy, friendship and suspense

When an elephant appears on Erica's doorstep, she says that the elephant will have to go to the zoo because she doesn't have a licence.  I found this book really exciting but a bit sad too.  Erica is the main character who lives by herself in a terraced house by the sea.  Oliver is supposed to be her friend.  Miss Pritchett is Erica's next door neighbour.  I didn't like her at first, but I did by the end.

Overall, this book was really good.  The usual friendship was described and it was a mixture of comedy, friendship and suspense.  I recommend it because the plot is interesting, the illustrations are good and the book is amazing.

Maria, Surrey

Full of twists and turns

This story centres around the journey of a girl called Erica and her pet elephant.  She has only one relative and that is her Uncle Jeff, who is always on holiday.  He has given her lots of money, but over time it has gone and now Erica only has £30.42.  She thinks very practically and worries that she will not have enough money to buy cabbage in order to feed the elephant.

Erica's Elephant is full of twists and turns, which makes it an amazing book.  I think it is good for children aged 7-10 years old. I was fascinated by the characters and the unusual relationships in the book.  I was excited to see how it would all come together in the end.

Dulce, London

You never know what’s going to happen next!

I really liked this book because you never knew what would happen next.  I also liked it because it was very adventurous.  Erika Perkins wakes up and finds a confused elephant on her doorstep and they start to form a real bond.  But, can a little girl save a big elephant and look after him?  Then the local zoo steps in, but will Erika be able to save her elephant?

Niamh, London

A great plot

When Erica’s uncles sends her an elephant for her 10th birthday, both her and the elephant became very confused. Luckily, the elephant earns a reputation, but not for long. The dastardly owner of the zoo plans to steal the elephant and Erica has to try her hardest to save it. I really liked the book and my favourite part was when Erica discovered that Mrs Pritchet, her next-door neighbour, did not tell the police about the elephant. This was very unexpected for me as a reader, as I thought the complete opposite of what had happened. I learned that however unlikely, you can become friends with anybody. I recommend this book because it has a great plot and everything in it is very unexpected.

Beatrice, Surrey
Sylvia Bishop

About The Author

Sylvia Bishop

Sylvia Bishop spent an entire childhood reading fiction, dreaming up stories and Pretending. She then tried very hard to get to grips with the real world by studying politics and going in to social science research. This was a shock. Thankfully, she discovered improvised comedy at university, which allowed her to carry on making up stories for at least 30% of her waking hours.