Is it just me or are these titles getting longer every week? After last week's Halloween Book Round-up, I'm happy to get back to some of our year round favorites (I don't know about you, but I'm about done with reading Halloween books). Although this week's book for boys is a newbie in our house, it has been getting just as much face time as some of our all time favorites.
What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds is just plain silliness which, as you can probably tell if you follow along with this series each week, is right up the boys' alley.
The action starts right off the bat with an elephant standing on the foot of a poor, safari clad boy. The author advises, "keep calm. Panicking will only startle it." Which of course, is exactly what the little boy does.
The action from here gets increasingly outrageous because the little boy can't help himself from ignoring all of the narrators advice (sound like anyone you know?).
In the end, the monkeys save the day. Monkeys are always a big hit in this family and so the boys were very happy that they should be the hero.
But just when you think the little boy's day has calmed down and he's learned to listen to the sometimes admonishing narrator . . . it starts all over again.
My boys and I love the digital watercolor illustrations, especially the indignant looking elephant but our all time favorite part is the narration. Much fun can be had with the voice inflection which will have your kids chuckling as you oozes attitude with quotes such as "Oh, for goodness' sake", "Go ahead, then, if you must-" and "You ninny!"
The cyclical ending brings you right back around and may have your child asking immediately, "Read it again, mommy?".