You know when you oversleep? You wake up disoriented, maybe disgusted with yourself, and everyone is already somewhere else?
This is what happens to the mammoth in this picture book by Anna Kemp, with really very mammothy illustrations by Adam Beer. He is quite late waking up. Where is his herd? And what are all those odd things he can see everywhere?
Well you can tell what’s happened. Modern life is here and his herd is no more.
Slowly our mammoth gets used to this strange new world, and he tries really hard to fit in, but also to find a new herd for himself.
There is one. There nearly always is one, if you look hard enough. Not the same as before, but creatures you can hang out with. This goes for most of us.