You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus


You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus for it’s certain he’d ‘squash all the seats quite flat.’ Thereafter, it’s not a good idea to let a bear near an ice cream van. Just think of how angry a bear would be if you tried to stop it gobbling up all the ice cream (which it’s sure to do!) You wouldn’t fly a giraffe in an aeroplane, would you? ‘With legs and a neck so bony and long/ a giraffe on a plane would simply be wrong.’ 

Patricia Cleveland- Peck’s rhyming rules of animal travel are wildly imaginative and laugh-out-loud hilarious! They’re exaggerated brilliantly by David Tazzyman’s pictures.

Yet, while the advice is sound, we’re left wondering… what sort of transport might be ideal for animals. Something with ‘room for everyone’, that  offers a ‘good laugh‘. You might be surprised at the result!

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You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus

Patricia Cleveland- Peck, illustrated by David Tazzyman


‘Elephants’ bottoms are heavy and fat’, so You Can’t Take an Elephant on a Bus. Thereafter, ‘don’t sit a monkey in a shopping trolley’ for ‘they’ll snatch your shopping and throw it about.‘ What’s more, it’s advisable to leave your tiger at home should you travel by train. Then it’s a bad idea to hail a taxi if the driver’s a seal. Where would we be without such great advice!
Patricia Cleveland- Peck takes the ridiculous and makes it absolutely sensible in her response. It’s not likely that you’d put a camel in a sailing boat, or ‘ask a whale to ride a bike’. Yet a note of caution should any of these prospects pop into the reader’s head is timely.
Alongside the wildly imaginative, perfectly fitting rhyming notions from the writer are the elongated, melodramatic and very expressive pictures of David Tazzyman. Bookwagon delights in You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus and recommends it for reading aloud and thereafter enjoying again and again and again. Furthermore, it’s part of a brilliant series, including You Can’t Call an Elephant in an Emergency


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