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ISBN: 9781760990732
Dimensions: 29.5x23.5cm
Pages: 32
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Written by James Foley


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Stella the elephant is fighting interstellar discrimination one pachyderm at a time! Stella wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem: Stella is an elephant. Every time she applies to Space Command, they come up with a new reason she can’t join. But where there’s a will, there’s a way and Stella is determined to reach for the stars.


‘Foley’s cartoon-like illustrations bring multiple layers of meaning and humour to the story.’ Buzz Words Magazine

‘This story about an anthropomorphised, larger-than-life elephant can be read either as an ironic comment on privilege and diversity or the power of persistence. Readers will admire Stella’s resilience and problem solving as she challenges the status quo of Space Command’s space program. Foley’s use of humour and playfulness outweigh any dogma. Stella and her gang jump off the page with gumption and determination. The endpapers are fascinatingly informative. So much emotion is conveyed on Stella’s face, through her eyes, tongue and forehead wrinkles. The fold-out page at the end is also a delightful addition. This book has the potential for lots of rich discussion around who become powerful, educated, and celebrated and who doesn’t.’ The Children’s Book Council of Australia

‘A great read aloud, an informative introduction to the idea of space travel as well as promoting inclusivity, Stella is an engaging character who will cheer readers with her positive outlook.’ ReadPlus

‘The book’s winning combination of interesting text and delightful artwork create an inspiring tale of success against all odds.’ Writing WA

‘Foley’s vivid illustrations paired with his extraordinary storytelling create an unforgettable tale.’ Better Reading

‘James Foley’s words and illustrations place Stella at at the centre of the story, and have a great retro feel about them.’ Kids’ Book Review

‘What an elephant! What a lady!’ Good Reading Magazine

‘Foley’s illustrations are expressive, bold and full of detail.’ StoryLinks

‘Overall, I’d rate Stellarphant ten out of ten because it’s inspiring, funny and reaching for the stars!’ Rory, age 9, Alphabet Soup

‘… [a] stand out picture book …’ Magpies

‘With wonderful humorous details in the illustrations and a truly inspiring heroine, Stellarphant is a must read!’ Kids’ Reading Guide

‘The full page illustrations are delightfully expressive … Recommended for elephant lovers and aspiring astronauts from five to twelve.’ Reading Time

‘… a clever and charming picture book …’ The West

‘With its well-told story, sympathetic heroine, and detailed, engaging illustrations, this picture book will easily win over kids who have their own big dreams and can-do attitudes.’ EDC Publishing

‘It’s this confidence and self-worth that makes this story so heart-warming, and will instil valuable lessons in young readers.’ Underground Writers

‘The bold expressive illustrations are completely captivating, emanating humour and warmth. They work beautifully with the multi-layered narrative, which is rich with meaning.’ Aussie Kids Books


R.E.A.L. Awards (Shortlisted 2023)
Better Reading’s 2022 Top 50 Kids’ Books (Winner 2022)
Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Sun Project: Shadowers’ Choice Awards: Picture Book of the Year (Winner 2022)
Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year (Honour book 2022)
WA Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2022)
Speech Pathology Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2022)
Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2022)
Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction (Shortlisted 2022)

Pages: 32
Publication Year: 2021
Publisher: Fremantle Press
ISBN: 9781760990732
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James Foley

James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017), Gastronauts (2018) and Chickensaurus (2020). The series stars Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, full-time baby. James also […]