Bumblebee Grumblebee


We know these animals are up to mischief. After all, there’s a Buffalo who becomes a Fluffalo. Then again, there’s an Elephant transformed to a Balletphant. While they look joyful, it’s obvious that Bumblebee Grumblebee is not very happy. We look carefully to see what’s happened to change his mood!

David Elliot who entertained us with another joyful book Bookwagon recommends to our youngest readers, Oink, returns with Bumblebee Grumblebee. Once again, his animals are drawn in intimate detail. Yet again, there is nuanced humour. It means that we watch the procession, appreciating why Rhinoceros might become Crynoceros and laughing as Pelican becomes Smellican. Therefore we’re intrigued as to what Turtle might be up to…

Bookwagon loves this gentle, inviting book for very young readers. We suggest it is ideal to snuggle up to, get to know well, recite, extend upon and share. Bumblebee Grumblebee is a perfect choice!

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Bumblebee Grumblebee

David Elliot

(Gecko Press)

Bumblebee Grumblebee, or maybe Rhinoceros Crynoceros. Then again, what of Buffalo Fluffalo? It seems there could be a Hippopotamus and a Hippospotamus too! Thereafter, what of Turtle? It seems that Turtle is not obliging. What’s more, he’s lingering with a hose. Although we know these animals are up to mischief, could it be, a …..
Bookwagon loves this outstanding selection for our youngest readers. What’s more it seems that the granddaughter of David Elliott does, too, as shown here:- David Elliot reads Bumblebee Grumblebee
Like other titles from this New Zealand publisher for very young readers, there is humour, visual appeal, repetition and sequence. After all, we recognise such devices to engage in their books such as Bathtime for Little Rabbit or I Am The Wolf… And Here I Come! However, unlike those titles, this is a home grown, New Zealand title, illustrated by the writer, not a translated book.
Bookwagon suggests this beautiful picture book, ideal for sharing at bedtime and then getting to know, recite and share, offers ample opportunity to observe and thereafter parody further. Who knows, maybe young readers might arrive at Seahorse, Treehouse, or Reindeer, Traindeer… or many other, better options!


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