Book Review: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever

About the book:
Title/Author: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant: Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever / Marci Fair and Elle Fair
Genre: Children’s
Date of publish:
Recommended Ages:
Book Links: Amazon The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant – Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever (Volume 4) / GoodreadsRiffle

When my son was little he and I had loads of fun with his stuffed puppy buddy Fluffy. Fluffy went on car rides with us and out to dinner. She loved the park and had a way making holidays a little more fun. I have hundreds of photos documenting their inseparable friendship and her crazy hi-jinks. You can probably guess that I am absolutely in love with premise behind The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant.


The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant: Ellie Makes A New Friend! (Volume 1)


The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant: Ellie’s First Plane Ride (Volume 2)


The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant: Ellie Goes Back To School (Volume 3)

In this absolutely delightful series of children’s books, written by Marci Fair and her twelve year old daughter Elle, Plushy Buddies Elli the Elephant and her best friend Pudgy the Penguin do fun things like go to school and go on an airplane trip. In the latest adventure, “Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever,” they go to the beach and do all kinds of fun stuff like swimming, a visit to a playground, sightseeing while riding bikes and building a sand fortress.

Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever by Marci and Elle Fair

This sweet book is full of enchanting live action photos of Ellie and Pudgy in real places. The text is simple and perfect for bedtime stories or for beginner sight word readers. The story line is easy to follow and full of terrific ideas for beach fun. I love that a trip to the beach includes a visit to the bookstore. The joy of shopping for actual books in a local bookstore is an adventure all kids should be exposed to.

In the back of each book is a tutorial for uploading pictures of your favorite stuffed friends, having fun adventures of their own, to Ellie and Pudgy’s Facebook page. I couldn’t suggest this book to parents for their younger children any more.
Scroll down to see Lian’s review of Ellie’s Best Beach Adventure Ever and click HERE to read his interview with Marci Fair

5 stars

We received copies of this book and Ellie Goes to School in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed these books. I also love that someone my age is responsible for helping to write them. Very cool!




Readability: 5- The book is set up like a scrapbook and the text reads like captions. It is a fun way to read a book.

Age Appropriate 5- The size of the font and the layout of the book is perfect for bedtime stories and I think parents or older siblings will enjoy sharing it.

Illustrations: 5- The mixed media pages of photos of the stuffed animals having their adventures, mixed with fun traditional illustrations is truly an innovative idea. My art fiveteacher would love it.

Holds Interest: 5 – I wanted to be there with them. Playing with their toys on the beach or reading books with them at the book store.

Did I Like It?: 5- These are fun adventures. Ellie and Pudgy are obviously great friends. I enjoyed reading this book

Ellie’s Best Beach Vacation Ever by Marci and Elle Fair

Goodreads Summary: Ellie the elephant and Pudgy the penguin are stuffed animals…and the best of friends. They have been on many adventures together, like moving to a new neighborhood, flying on an airplane, visiting animal friends and relatives at a zoo, going back to school together to meet new teachers and learn—and now they get to enjoy a summer adventure on a wonderful beach vacation!

The excitement mounts as Ellie and Pudgy pack their beach balls and sunglasses and jump in the car for the game-filled drive to the coast.

Once they arrive, Ellie and Pudgy head straight for the beach to dig in the warm sand, swim in the sparkly blue ocean, and see lots of colorful fish. Then they head out for an afternoon packed full of fun!

Join in the adventure as these best friends share many new experiences while on their special beach vacation—traveling to a new place, trying new activities, riding bikes, enjoying a froggie lunch and sweet treats, swimming, building the biggest sandcastle ever, visiting an un-butterfly garden and much more as they spend a sunny day outside and explore this special beach town!

Author Info:  Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

As a working mother of four children, Marci Fair was inspired to share the hard-earned wisdom she gained from juggling work and motherhood for over twenty years. This labor of love resulted in her award winning book “TILT-7 Solutions To Be A Guilt-free Working Mom.” She teaches us that “Balance is impossible; memories are better.”

In addition, Marci and her twelve year old daughter Elle are writing an adventure series of books about Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Their award winning series has been on the Amazon Best Seller lists as it shares imagination, creativity and adventure with its young audience.

Along with a professional career, Marci also founded Kares 4 Kids (, which has served over 24,000 children in need since 2005. A portion of every book sale goes to Kares 4 Kids




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