Never Ride Your Elephant to School

Never Ride Your Elephant to School

by Doug Johnson, Abby Carter
     
 

Never ride your elephant to school. And if you need to be convinced, boy, do you need to read this book! It's not that the elephant is such a troublesome or unruly one, it's just that his natural exuberance combined with his rather distinctive size pose some very particular problems. Imagine an elephant sitting in a school desk, climbing rope in gym class, or

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Never ride your elephant to school. And if you need to be convinced, boy, do you need to read this book! It's not that the elephant is such a troublesome or unruly one, it's just that his natural exuberance combined with his rather distinctive size pose some very particular problems. Imagine an elephant sitting in a school desk, climbing rope in gym class, or playing tether ball at recess and you'll see what we mean!

The team who warned you Never to Babysit the Hippopotamuses! joins forced again to create another hilarious, raucous, good-time book that will appeal to anyone who's ever spent a day at school.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The understated wit of the text is comically complemented by the zany watercolors of wreaked havoc. Both the words and art make use of every opportunity to mock teachers, but it’s all in good fun." —Kirkus Reviews

"Sure to prompt smiles in story hours."—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Talk about outdoing Mary and her little lamb. In the same vein as Johnson and Carter's Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses!, this zany title treats pet elephants as perfectly ordinary. A list of elephantine at-school behaviors is accompanied by images of a tusker wreaking classroom havoc (``He will trumpet quite loudly while looking for you. This could scare some of the children''). Students should ``never open a bag of peanuts, even across the room from him,'' but they might let the elephant participate in spelling bees because ``an elephant never forgets!'' Johnson pursues his idea perhaps too exhaustively; he doesn't leave much room for readers to imagine their own elephant-instigated disasters. Carter (Summer Legs) creates a genial watercolor elephant whose trunk and limbs look as malleable as wet gray clay; as it strolls along, wobbly, distorted settings suggest its thudding footsteps. Gigglesome extras include the student pachyderm's pink polka-dot trousers, the skewed views of the frequently distressed teacher and assorted classroom chaos. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A humorous tale about a little girl who rides her elephant to school, thus creating a series of amusing mishaps. When the animal becomes lost and trumpets loudly, for example, the noise scares the students and causes the teacher to faint. And if the teacher faints, what else is there to do but revive her? And what better way to do so than to have the elephant squirt her with water. The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are both comical and colorful, complementing the text well. Carter follows Johnson's humorous cues, creating pictures that are hilariously eye-catching. Done in the same light, cautionary vein as Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1985) and If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1991, both HarperCollins), Johnson and Carter's advice is sure to prompt smiles in story hours.-Lisa Marie Gangemi, Sousa Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Linda Ward-Callaghan
In this cautionary tale, Johnson's tongue is planted firmly in his cheek as readers are warned that an elephant's natural exuberance can cause a few problems. Even though your elephant can help the spelling team win, he breaks chairs, blows over the teacher with applause, and won't fit under his desk during hurricane drill: also, "gym class could be hazardous. He'll want to climb the rope. . . . The rope might not hold up." Carter's line drawings with color washes capture the exploits of a bluish elephant, clad in pink pants with purple polka dots, and their riotous results. Young readers with a taste for slapstick will appreciate Johnson's droll text and Carter's ability to extract maximum humor out of each situation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805028805
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 12.98(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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