Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Promotion: Gunther the Underwater Elephant - The Midwest Book Review

posted by Vivian Zabel 

          The first children's book both illustrated and written by Ginger Nielson is reviewed in the November issue of The Midwest Book Review on Katerine's Bookshelf.

Gunther, the Underwater Elephant
Ginger Neilson
4RV Publishing LLC
PO Box 6482, Edmond OK 73083
9780983274025 $15.99

Ginger Neilson has written and illustrated an adorable book about Gunther, the Underwater Elephant. The story is different from the normal children's books in that Gunther does not get into terrible trouble that he cannot get out of himself, but he does show his courage and intelligence when a tragedy occurs.

Gunther, the little elephant, is accidently separated from his family and ends up floating out to sea where he learns how to use his trunk as a snorkel and meets a creature who helps him return home.

"When the bright morning sun woke Gunther, he found himself in the middle of a swirling sea.

Alone and afraid, he called and called for his elephant family. Suddenly, his tiny island came to life!"

When he gets close to home, he is met by a tropical bird who tells him of a tragedy involving his mother.

Follow Gunther as he figures out how to save the day with some of the things he found on his underwater trip. Children will love this story and stare in wonder at the lovely illustrations that are important in telling his story.

This is a wonderful book to read to your children as a bedtime story and will also be great for any time reading.

Ginger Neilson is a full time children's book illustrator and author. Her home and studio sit at the top of a hill, near the edge of a forest in semi rural New Hampshire. There is a magic wand on her desk and a dragon in her basement. Everything else is nearly normal. She has illustrated over 25 children's books. This is the first one she has written as well as illustrated.

Katherine Boyer

4RV Publishing Bookstore
4RV Publishing Website


  1. It is so nice to see Gunther here. And the reviews for the book are very welcome. The story behind his story is interesting and I hope to be able to tell that at some point too. Thanks to 4RV for the book!

  2. Gunther is such a sweet little guy and his story is an imaginative treat to read. Congratulations to Ginger!

  3. Gunther is available, on sale until Dec. 5, at the 4RV bookstore (link at bottom of article).

  4. I'm looking forward to getting this one for our collection. When my daughter was little, she absolutely loved elephants.

  5. Ginger, I bought a copy of Gunther to give my grandsons for Christmas. They'll love your cheerful illustrations and heartwarming story.

    Thanks for publishing it, Vivian.

    Have a fun day!