This wordplay picture book has delightful drawings which illustrate the nonsense words in hilarious fashion. Every single page made me laugh out loud and the portrayal of a pelican sitting on a potty with a roll of toilet paper, as the Pelican Smelican, will be particularly appreciated by children of a certain age.
Bumblebee Grumblebee stands out in a field of rather pedestrian animal board books as it is not only funny but the last few pages are particularly wonderful. Each double page has only two words which not only rhyme but have multidimensional onomatopoeic qualities. Children will want this book read over and over again and will quickly join in and shout out the words.
Title: Bumblebee Grumblebee
Author and Illustrator: David Elliot (lives in Ōtepoti/Dunedin)
Publisher: Gecko Press
Format: board book
Age Range: Baby upwards
Any advisory warnings? No
Reviewer: Carola Crawford, English teacher, Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College, Kaiapoi
How are you recommending this book? Highly Recommended
Opening sentence: Elephant Balletphant.
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