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You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus

Written by Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Illustrated by David Tazzyman

Adventure Stories Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2021

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 M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for January 2021

Little Owl's Bathtime by Debi Gliori

A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth

I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross

Marie Curie and Her Daughters by Imogen Greenberg

I Don't Like Books. Never. Ever. The End. by Emma Perry

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

One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson

You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus Synopsis

Get ready for a fun-filled ride and join a whole range of crazy creatures on a hilarious board book adventure! 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 board book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. With hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations, this is a real romp of a book - perfect for reading aloud!

You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus 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 Press Reviews

You will laugh out loud - Guardian

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

Chaotic, crazy, fabulously funny and full of humorously energetic illustrations, this is a book that promises to evoke giggles of glee from readers fortunate enough to come across it - Eye, Eye

It's 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 - Publishers' Association

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781526620194
Publication date: 21/01/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Board book

ISBN: 9781408849804
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781408849828
Publication date: 09/04/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526620194
Publication date: 21st January 2021
Author: Patricia Cleveland-Peck
Illustrator: David Tazzyman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Board book
Pagination: 26 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children

About Patricia Cleveland-Peck

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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