An assured and exciting debut picture book from a top emerging talent, about a small boy and his elephant playing an absurd game of hide and seek.

Elephant wants to play hide and seek. But you’ll need to try your best—he’s very good!

Have You Seen Elephant is perfect for sharing with children, who will love finding elephant (and being better at it than the boy in the book!). Watch out for the dog and the tortoise, too …

by David Barrow



  • Zilveren Penseel 2018 (Dutch edition)
  • Listed as one of the Best Picture Books of 2016 by Kirkus
  • Sebastian Walker Award for most promising children’s illustrator, Cambridge School of Art, Children’s Book Illustration Masters programme
  • Longlisted for the Inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize 2016
  • Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016


“Beyond the sheer absurdity, children will delight in details, such as the wide-screen TV the elephant holds in one scene, the child’s dad so focused on the soccer game on the screen that he asks, “What elephant?” and the sly alterations to the family portraits on the rear endpapers. Younger audiences will be screaming “There it is!” from the get-go.”- Kirkus Starred Review, Jan 2016


“This book tickles the funnybone of children and adults equally. Part of the humour comes through the juxtaposition of the subdued, beautiful illustrations and the absurdity of an elephant trying to hide inside a standard lamp.” – Julia Marshall, Gecko Press


“A bonefide pitch perfect laugh out loud picture book for all ages. Debut author David Barrow has created a brilliant celebration of the limitless nature of a child’s imagination wrapped up in a deliciously sophisticated and accessible package.” – Book Sniffer, UK

Click HERE to view David Barrow’s step-by-step guide on how to draw an elephant.

Gecko Press | hc picture book | 32 pp | 276 x 255 m | Oct 2015 | 3+

Rights sold: Basque, Chinese (simplified & complex), Dutch, Frisian, German, Korean, Slovenian