Alexander the Elephant is a picture book for 4-6 year-olds by Martin Chatterton and successful Australian rock musician/writer Pat Davern (APRA nominated songwriter of the year who has sold over a million records worldwide as guitarist in the band Grinspoon).
The narrated suite of original songs that accompany Alexander the Elephant have been recorded by some of Australia’s leading performing artists. These artists include Pete Murray, Connie Mitchell (Sneaky Sound System), Megan Washington, Channel 7‘s Tom Williams, and Fergus Linacre and Alex Laska of ARIA- nominated The Kingswood Band. In addition to writing and recording the tracks, Pat Davern can be heard as the voice of the narrator.
Alexander is a somewhat nervous, red-ant sandwich-munching, pink and purple-spotted elephant who lives on the island of Zanzibar with his best friend Miss Alicia Peabody, Alicia’s Clever Uncle Gerald and Pedro the parrot. When dastardly loggers threaten The Great Tree of Zanzibar, Miss Alicia Peabody and Uncle Gerald help Alexander find the courage to stand up and be counted. Lushly illustrated, this affirmative ecological story is accompanied by a highly addictive and specially-written musical soundtrack recorded by some of Australia’s best-loved and best known recording artists.
Alexander the Elephant In Zanzibar was nominated for an ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Awards) in 2016 but, in a shocking result, lost to...The Wiggles. AAAAAAARGH! On the plus side, Alexander received funding from the Australian Children's Television Foundation and is now being developed as a 52 episode animated TV series by the terrific Blue Rocket Productions (responsible for animated gems such as Fanshaw and Crudnut and Buzz Bumble). Alexander is also slated for a TOP SECRET theatrical production in 2019. You can find out more about the Alexander the Elephant TV series here.