You can't take an elephant on the bus

When you have to read the same library book every night for two months (we had to renew it) you know that it is time that you went out and bought it. This has happened with two books lately - You can't take an elephant on a bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and illustrated by David Tazzyman was one of them.



M loved the rhythm of this book with the poetry throughout and would sing along with it whilst I read. Each page brought giggles and such excitement.
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.
Now if you ask M whether an elephant can go on a bus she will laugh with glee... NOOOOOO mummy!

What I love about this book is that it uses some complex language so is suited for little ones (we read it to our nine month old) and it would be suitable for older children too. These words might be beyond some little ones understanding but it is great to have these included as it introduces some more words to them.

The illustrations, documenting the mayhem all the animals that you encounter throughout the book cause when using the different methods of transportation, are brilliant.


A great, funny book which captivates the reader.


Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

4 comments :

  1. We have had this from the library too, I love funny books. We also had one called Never ask a Dinosaur to Dinner which is similar x

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    1. Yeah I love them too. Hate when you get a boring book out of the library for them as they all too often find it boring too. We might have to see if we can borrow that one.

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  2. Ooo I've not heard of this one before, the illustrations look fab. Know what you mean about reading books on repeat though! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

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  3. We love this book!! It is so funny and we've read it many times too!
    #readwithme

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