Sunday, October 28, 2012

Too many elephants in this house by Ursula Dubosarsky; illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Eric's house is full to the brim with elephants, they are absolutely everywhere!  There is one in the living room, one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom, and even one in the bedroom.  Then one day Eric's mother says they have to go, but how can Eric get rid of his elephants?  But what could Eric possibly do with elephants, could he take them to the zoo, or back to Africa, or should he let them find a home of their own?

This is a charming picture book that has echoes of Dr. Suess in the way the elephants are drawn, but also in the somewhat absurd premise that you could fit more than one elephant in a house - never mind a whole herd of them! 

I loved this books for its sense of fun and the fact that the author seems to be laughing at herself with the way she writes the story, and that the illustrator seems to be in on the joke because the words and the images seem to match so perfectly.  This is a great read a loud, particularly for little boys who are reluctant to sit still and be read to, because the images are as engaging as the text.  Highly recommended.

If you like this book then try:
  • Cat tale by Michael Hall
  • The terrible plop by Ursula Dubosarsky; illustrated by Andrew Joyner
  • The Queen with the wobbly bottom by Phillip Gwynne; illustrated by Bruce Whatley
  • Let's go for a drive! by Mo Willems
  • Encore for Eleanor by Bill Peet
  • Horton hears a who by Dr.Seuss
  • Wait!  No paint! by Bruce Whatley
  • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Chester the wordly pig by Bill Peet

Reviewed by Brilla

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