The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams

The Slightly Annoying Elephant

Written by David Walliams
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 - November 2013 Book of the Month Best selling author and TV star David Walliams has a gift for great jokes. There’s a ring at the door and Sam finds an elephant demanding admittance. Sam does not want the outsize intruder in his house but it turns out that in signing up to adopt an elephant he has agreed to that elephant living with him! Feeding, washing, and entertaining his new house guest is a nightmare. When the doorbell rings again Sam finds his nightmare has just got worse!

A Piece of Passion from Ann-Janine Murtagh, HarperCollins Children’s Books Publisher The Slightly Annoying Elephant has all the hallmarks of David's phenomenal success with a text that is bursting with fun and laughter. His creative partnership with the inimitable Tony Ross blossoms into glorious technicolor in a book where words and pictures dance off the page. Families everywhere love David Walliams - and loyal fans of his novels will be delighted to discover that there is now the perfect book to share with younger brothers and sisters."


The Slightly Annoying Elephant by David Walliams

What's big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course! Introducing a magnificently warm and funny picture book from two remarkable talents. A magnificently warm and funny picture book that tells the story of a boy called Sam who is amazed to find a rather annoying elephant on his doorstep!

David Walliams said “I loved working with the great Tony Ross on this my first ever picture book. I hope it will delight readers of all ages for many years to come.”

Tony Ross said “I welcomed the chance to illustrate David Walliams’ first picture book, I guessed it was bound to be funny, and so it was. The icing on the cake was I love drawing elephants (especially blue ones). I enjoyed doing it, so now it’s up to you to enjoy reading.”



A pleasure to read. A beguilingly funny, original and thought-provoking tale... hilarious Amanda Craig, The Times

I absolutely love David Walliams's books. In a few more years they will become classics. - Sue Townsend, author of Adrian Mole

A triumphant mix of wit and warmth - Telegraph Books of the Year

a new Roald Dahl - The Times

Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air - The Sun


Children's favourite Tony Ross triumphs again - The Times

Tony Ross is a master at capturing the humour in childhood - Books Magazine

Hilarious and a godsend to parents - Daily Mail

Brilliant touches of characterisation and silliness - Books for Keeps

About the Author

David Walliams

David Walliams is an English comedian, writer and actor, known for his partnership with Matt Lucas on the sketch show Little Britain and its predecessor Rock Profile. David is the fastest growing Children’s author in the UK. His books have been translated into 30+
languages and sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone.

In early 2008 Walliams signed a contract with HarperCollins to publish two children's books. The debut novel, The Boy In The Dress, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was released worldwide in November 2008. It explores several of the themes of Little Britain from Walliams' own life on an emotional level, such as the camp humour of cross-dressing and effeminacy. The story recounts a neglected 12-year-old boy's search for a female role model, his friendship with the popular girl in school, and the ways in which relationships develop along gender lines.

In October 2010 he published his third book Billionaire Boy, illustrated by Tony Ross. It tells the story of Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old in the world. Joe has everything he could ever want: his own Formula One racing car, a thousand pairs of trainers, 8 billion pounds, even an orang-utan for a butler, but there is just one thing he really needs: a friend. The book included a 'billion pound note' that was used to enter a competition to win a day as a billionaire in London.

In September 2012, Walliams released his fifth novel for children, 'Ratburger' which won the National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year 2012. It tells the story of a young girl named Zoe whose life is a misery.

His sixth book, Demon Dentist, is published in October 2013...“Demon Dentist is my very first horror story, with an unspeakably evil villainess at its centre. I hope children of all ages will love the new book's combination of chills, action and of course comedy.

Walliams took up swimming as a youth as his preferred form of exercise, because he was overweight. In 2006, after about 9 months training, he swam the English Channel for the charity Sport Relief and raised about one million pounds.

In September 2011, Walliams swam a 140-mile length of the River Thames in aid of Sport Relief. On the first day of the swim, he experienced a symptom of hypothermia, possibly due to his not wearing a wetsuit. He later encountered severe stomach problems due to the bacteria in the Thames and suffered a torn disc. He swam up to twelve hours a day for eight days and raised a further £1 million for Sport Relief.

Photo credit ~ Simon Emmett

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Publication date

7th November 2013




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