Hailed as “the heir to Roald Dahl” by The Spectator, the UK’s #1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams, will have fans of Stuart Gibbs and Gordan Korman in stitches!
David Walliams burst on to the American scene with his New York Times bestseller Demon Dentist, and now he’s bringing his signature humor to this story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth.
When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster—a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole—she’s determined to discover more....
Luckily, a chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, sparking the adventure of a lifetime—from London to the heart of the Arctic!
In this bombastic illustrated adventure set in 1899 London, a 10-year-old orphan named Elsie helps revive a 10,000-year-old woolly mammoth from suspended animation, kicking off a series of madcap events across the city and onto the high seas. After running away from the physically and emotionally abusive Wormly Hall: Home for Unwanted Children, where the children are forced to eat cockroaches for every meal, Elsie is drawn to the exhibits of the Natural History Museum. There, she helps a strange old professor hiding in the basement to revive the newest exhibit, a baby mammoth she names Woolly. Determined to save Woolly from a life of captivity and study, Elsie and her newest friend, a professional cleaner named Dotty, must do everything in their power to elude pursuit even if it means stealing a historic ship and heading for the North Pole. Ross's b&w doodles highlight the characters' fluid, nonstop action. Descriptions of the urchins' lives, including ruthless beatings and endless classist insults, strike a seriously discomfiting note, but Walliams peppers this frenetic, sometimes anachronistic tale with plenty of scatological humor, resulting in a chaotic slapstick comedy. Ages 8 12. \n