Reader Reviewed You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus

Written by Patricia Cleveland-Peck
Illustrated by David Tazzyman

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April 2015 Book of the Month - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month There’s lots of laughs here! An elephant on a bus, a whale on a bike, a hippo in a hot air balloon – none of these is a good idea as soon becomes clear in the attractive and bouncy rhyme of this witty picture book. The catastrophes that lie in store in each case such as the bus toppling over when nudged by the elephant, the enormous whale teetering on a tiny bike and hippo on a collision course with a chimney pot are wittily illustrated by David Tazzyman, much loved for his illustrations for Andy Stanton’s delightfully disgusting Mr Gum.

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month April 15

Slug Needs a Hug by Jeanne Willis

You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Where's the Elephant? by Barroux

Migloo's Day by William Bee

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Abi Zinkin, age 5 - 'This is so funny. I would give it 100 out of 10. I like the pig at the end. He's so funny.'
  • Nicola & Ruby Laverty, age 5 - 'Clever rhymes and fabulous illustrations. This is a really super book. We loved it and enjoyed thinking of other animals and transport combinations.'
  • Eleanor, age 2 (and mummy) - 'My daughter and I laughed our way through every page of this book...we read it three times in a row so I think that speaks for itself.'
  • Ellen Hall, age 5 - 'This book is very silly!  I like the rhyming words. The pictures are really good too. I think everyone would find this book funny. It's great!'


You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

You can't take an elephant on the bus...

It would simply cause a terrible fuss!

Elephants' bottoms are heavy and fat

and would certainly squash the seats quite flat.

Never put a camel in a sailing boat, or a tiger on a train, and don't even THINK about asking a whale to ride a bike...

This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. A real romp of a book, with hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.


'... delightfully brought to life with David Tazzyman's quirky illustrations and a jaunty rhyming text. You will laugh out loud as tigers ride on trains, whales ride on bikes and giraffes go on aeroplanes'

-School Everything that you could wish for in a picture book, humour, ridiculous situations and imagination stimulating scenarios. Quite frankly, this is picture book writing and illustration at its very best Being a Mummy David Tazzyman's scratchy style is a great match to this scatty surprising picture book

About the Author

Patricia Cleveland-Peck lived in France and Ireland before settling in rural Sussex. She has published fourteen children's books and has also written adult books and plays.

She now works as a travel journalist but with a young granddaughter has returned to the world of children's books with You Can't Take an Elephant on a Bus, her first book for Bloomsbury.

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Book Info


32 pages


Patricia Cleveland-Peck
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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

9th April 2015




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