Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Author:  Mariangela Di Fiore & Hilde Hodnefjeld
Genre:  Children's Non-Fiction
Published:  2015
Personal Rating:  4/5 (very good)
Format:  eBook
Yearly Count:  47

From NetGalley:
"Gather round--prepare to be amazed! A sight so very gruesome that you simply won't believe it. Ladies and gentlemen... the Elephant Man!"

Every night people swarm to a theater in London to see the Elephant Man, whose real name is Joseph Merrick. They scream in terror at the sight of him. But beneath Joseph's shocking exterior, he longs for affection and understanding.

Disfigured in childhood by a rare disease, Joseph is rejected by his family, bullied in the streets, and ridiculed at his job. While touring Europe with a freak show, he's robbed and abandoned. Joseph seems to encounter misfortune at every turn, but eventually finds friendship with a kind doctor in England. Though he died young, Joseph became world famous and inspired many with his gentleness and dignity.

Masterful illustrations and archival photographs are joined with simple but moving language, bringing the celebrated true story of the Elephant Man to life. Joseph Merrick (1862-1890) is believed to have suffered from a combination of the diseases neurofribomatosis type 1 and Proteus syndrome. This is a tremendously affecting book about being different, refusing to be a victim, and finding happiness in even the most challenging of circumstances.

This is a great illustrated book for older children (upper elementary) that includes topics such as loneliness, bullying and self-worth.  The true story that it is can lead to deep discussions of who we are and how we treat people with illnesses/diseases.  The illustrations were interesting (some scrapbook-like), and they were joined by some real pictures, as well.      

Thoughts of Joy

My thanks go to Annick Press Ltd. and NetGalley for providing me with this eGalley.


  1. Anonymous9:41 PM

    Too much for Gage now, but definitely one I want to looks for!

    1. Stacybuckeye ~ Definitely too much, but something to remember for the future.

      YAY for football season!!! :)


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