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The Slightly Annoying Elephant

Written by David Walliams

Illustrated by Tony Ross

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LoveReading View on The Slightly Annoying Elephant

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 Synopsis

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.”

The Slightly Annoying Elephant Press Reviews


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

A must for any parent and child - The Guardian

Brilliant touches of characterisation and silliness - Books for Keeps

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780007493999
Publication date: 7th November 2013
Author: David Walliams
Illustrator: Tony Ross
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks

About David Walliams

David Walliams is fast becoming a global phenomenon in the world of children’s literature – his ability to wow fans is unprecedented with global sales over 14.1 million. His most recent fiction title, The World’s Worst Children, published on 19th May 2016 sold over 340,000 copies in the UK alone. It went straight to No. 1 on release where it stayed for 4 weeks and also concurred Children’s Books charts, where it stayed at No.1 for 7 weeks. Internationally sales continue to thrive, The World’s Worst Children also went straight to No. 1 in the Australian children’s ...

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