Happy book birthday to author/illustrator Russ Willms — his book ELEPHANTS DO NOT BELONG IN TREES hits the shelves on Tuesday, February 16. When Larry the Elephant decides he wants to live in the big bushy tree in the middle of the wide-open field, the current residents, Bird, Squirrel and Monkey, are not very welcoming. They throw nuts at him and peck at his head; they tell him to leave and are downright rude. But Larry persists―why can’t he live in the tree? When his new home is threatened by something much bigger than all the animals combined, Larry shows everyone that he cares just as much about the tree as they do. 

Kirkus says: “A giggle-inducing story about acceptance and turning the tables on expectations…Wry humor with a bouncy beat: a treat for storytimes.” 

Russ is represented by Elizabeth Bennett.