Elvis and the World As It Stands

“In her debut, Riddiough has lovingly crafted a group of fully realized animal characters—even a fish—as well as three sometimes-mystifying humans, all of whom share their hopes and tribulations and demonstrate that not all happy families look alike.”

—Kirkus starred review  read full review

“Riddiough’s debut doesn’t shy away from sadness or struggle, including a thoughtful discussion of 9/11, with the animal antics providing a lighter framework for tough topics.”

—Booklist

“Readers will race to find out how everything ends, with character growth and plenty of failed escape attempts before the satisfying conclusion.”

—School Library Journal

“While loss is not within our control, what we do next is, and we can choose to move forward and rebuild.”

—Abrams senior editor Erica Finkel, Publisher’s Weekly

Illustrator Olivia Chin Mueller

August 24, 2021
Abrams Books

Available everywhere books are sold.
Click HERE to buy from my favorite independent bookstores.

Elvis and the World As It Stands book cover


Most shelter animals dream of going home with a forever family. But for Elvis, being chosen by Mrs. Pemberton is a nightmare. He’s been separated from his sister, Etta, and is determined to get back to the shelter to find her. In spite of himself, Elvis becomes curious about ten-year-old Georgina Pemberton, who builds LEGO skyscrapers in her bedroom while navigating her parents’ separation. The longer he’s in his new home, the more he starts recognizing new feelings: admiration for Georgina’s creations, affection for the other pets, and even empathy for the Pembertons—despite their inability to listen.

As Georgina sets out to build her most important skyscrapers yet—the Twin Towers—Elvis realizes that maybe both humans and animals can take a page from Georgina’s Big Book of American Architecture and “build a world of their own choosing,” even if the choices aren’t what they’d initially expected.

Elvis and the World As It Stands book cover

Elvis and the World As It Stands

Illustrator Olivia Chin Mueller

August 24, 2021
Abrams Books

Available everywhere books are sold.
Click HERE to buy from my favorite independent bookstores.

“In her debut, Riddiough has lovingly crafted a group of fully realized animal characters—even a fish—as well as three sometimes-mystifying humans, all of whom share their hopes and tribulations and demonstrate that not all happy families look alike.”

—Kirkus starred review  read full review

“Riddiough’s debut doesn’t shy away from sadness or struggle, including a thoughtful discussion of 9/11, with the animal antics providing a lighter framework for tough topics.”

—Booklist

“Readers will race to find out how everything ends, with character growth and plenty of failed escape attempts before the satisfying conclusion.”

—School Library Journal

“This gentle effort will leave readers purring contentedly.”

—Kirkus starred review  read full review

Most shelter animals dream of going home with a forever family. But for Elvis, being chosen by Mrs. Pemberton is a nightmare. He’s been separated from his sister, Etta, and is determined to get back to the shelter to find her. In spite of himself, Elvis becomes curious about ten-year-old Georgina Pemberton, who builds LEGO skyscrapers in her bedroom while navigating her parents’ separation. The longer he’s in his new home, the more he starts recognizing new feelings: admiration for Georgina’s creations, affection for the other pets, and even empathy for the Pembertons—despite their inability to listen.

As Georgina sets out to build her most important skyscrapers yet—the Twin Towers—Elvis realizes that maybe both humans and animals can take a page from Georgina’s Big Book of American Architecture and “build a world of their own choosing,” even if the choices aren’t what they’d initially expected.

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