In the short fictional novel, "The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant," by Michelle Cuevas illustrated by Ed Young, a young boy named Pigeon goes on a journey with his best friend Birch to find the girl who Birch loves. Now Birch isn’t any ordinary friend Birch is a big, white, talking elephant who has a special talent. He can paint! He paints all types of wonderful paintings.
Birch used to be in a circus and then one day he found an orphaned baby all alone. He decided to take care of him. Birch decided to name the baby Pigeon. That’s how their wonderful adventure got started. This book is not only about how they went on an adventure but how they love each other. Pigeon tells the story.
This book would be good for kids ages eight to twelve. Throughout the book there are beautiful and simple spare ink drawings. Ed Young, the illustrator, is a Caldecott Medalist and New York Times- bestselling illustrator. I thought this book was pretty good. I liked this book because I liked the way the author ended the story.