Book review: You can’t take an Elephant on the Bus – Patricia Cleveland – Peck.

Title: You can't take an elephant on the bus.

Author: Patricia Cleveland-Peck

Illustrator: David Tazzyman

ISBN: 9781408849804

Pub date: 9th April 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


I have read this book once before with my old Year 2 class. Yet, until last week I hadn't sat down and read it on my own and take the time to look at the illustrations and read the book for pleasure. With all my picture books I read at home I normally read them once a day for the whole week as I feel with good picture books you can read them over and over again and there is always something new that you have spotted. This is a really funny book with each page focusing on a different animal squeezing into a different mode of transport, brought to life by some bright and bold illustrations.

As a teacher, I am impressed with the wording (capsize, conveyance and totter, for example) which the book presents to children. It's great to have a picture book that challenges and expands children's vocabulary in a context that makes it easy for children to understand.

At points some of the lines can feel a little 'clunky' where the poetry isn't perfect. Yet, with the rest of the book being of linguistic brilliance, it doesn't take much away from the overall feel of the book.




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1 Comment

  1. July 15, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I guess he is PERFECT at it!? Laughed Larry.

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