What I loved: The illustrations here are really detailed and full of interesting things to look at. Elsie is a whimsical and cute character whose personality comes through the story well. The book has an interesting rhythm to the text, with each of the siblings saying something before Elsie, and then all responding in chorus to her. The book is really easy to read with large and clear font printed in black on white at the edge of each page. There is also some encouragement to celebrate a different way of doing things, because it may achieve great results.
What left me wanting more: Each page is pretty lengthy in terms of writing, and it's somewhat tough to have seven main characters who speak on every page in terms of identifying them and following along easily. However, with each reread, this does become easier.
Final verdict: Overall, ELSIE is a lovely picture book that celebrates the unique way each person tackles life. With lush and detailed illustrations and an adorable main character, this is a great read for the preschool and young elementary school-aged audience.