What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot

What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot

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by Michelle Robinson, Peter Reynolds
     
 

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A witty jungle romp for the adventurer in every kid

Safari etiquette can be tricky. Fortunately, our trusty narrator can help. Sort of. From what to do if an elephant stands on your foot ("Keep calm. Panicking will only startle it!") to how to escape the attentions of a crocodile ("Well? What are you waiting for? Wave your arms around and shout

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A witty jungle romp for the adventurer in every kid

Safari etiquette can be tricky. Fortunately, our trusty narrator can help. Sort of. From what to do if an elephant stands on your foot ("Keep calm. Panicking will only startle it!") to how to escape the attentions of a crocodile ("Well? What are you waiting for? Wave your arms around and shout for help!"), our plucky guide leads our unlucky hero on a jungle adventure, barely avoiding tigers, a rhino, snakes, and—uh-oh. What’s that? Well thank heavens the monkeys are friendly at least!

Debut author Michelle Robinson teams with bestseller Peter H. Reynolds for a Monster at the End of This Book-style romp, culminating in a hilarious finish that will send readers—and our hapless hero—right back to the beginning for more.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Reading like an edgier version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, this faux guide to the jungle offers advice for Indiana Jones wannabes. The prim narrator directly addresses the hero, a boy dressed in safari gear. “In the event of startling an elephant, you will probably feel like running away, rather quickly. Try not to! Running may attract tigers.” British author Robinson has the boy failing, time and again, to take the narrator’s advice, resulting in a chain of disasters: sneezing to awaken a rhinoceros, climbing a tree full of snakes (“Now sit tight and try not to make any sudden movements. Like that one”), being surrounded by crocodiles, and finally resorting to screaming for help. A band of dopey-looking monkeys come to the boy’s rescue, though it isn’t long before he’s back in hot water. Reynolds’s digital illustrations are even more rambunctious and action-driven than his work in 2011’s Huck Runs Amuck! and he’s especially clever at playing the reactions of the hapless hero for laughs—and there are plenty of them. Ages 3–5. Agent: Celia Catchpole. Illustrator’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (July)
BCCB
"Reynolds' zesty art builds both tension and slapstick humor...Reading this aloud will be a delight for reader and audience."
From the Publisher
"Like an edgier version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, this faux guide to the jungle offers advice for Indiana Jones wannabes....Reynolds's digital illustrations are even more rambunctious and action-driven than his work in 2011's Huck Runs Amuck! and he's especially clever at playing the reactions of the hapless hero for laughs — and there are plenty of them." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The humor of [Reynolds's] watercolor drawings fits the exaggeration of the storyline nicely. When the ending suggests that the story is starting over, listeners will be happy to hear it again." — Kirkus Reviews

"Perfect for storytimes...allowing children to discuss what's happening, extend the text, and predict what may come next. Be sure to offer this to fans of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse... books." — School Library Journal

"Reynolds' zesty art builds both tension and slapstick humor...Reading this aloud will be a delight for reader and audience." — BCCB

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Robinson's text is written as important advice to a hapless, safari-clad adventurer in the jungle. If an elephant stands on your foot, for example, you must not panic or you will startle it. But our hero can't help the "YEEEOOOWWW!" that escapes, then running away despite the warning that it will attract tigers. "Told you so," comments the narrator, as a fierce tiger appears. And so it goes, with every warning unheeded, as a charging rhino sends our hero up a tree amid snakes, then into the crocodile-filled river. The advisor says, "...don't expect me to help you." But screams for help do bring rescuing monkeys and wild fun. A final piece of advice is again disregarded, however, with a predictable humorous result. The comic adventure is told visually with comic book-type characters "created using Adobe Flash with a Wacom Bamboo graphics tablet and pen." Lots of fun here for the reader who can feel wiser than the poor explorer. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—An intrepid child, decked out in full safari kit, is warned by an offstage guide, "If an elephant stands on your foot, keep calm." Otherwise, it leads to all kinds of trouble-from tigers to snakes to crocodiles. When that happens, you obviously need to call on monkeys to rescue you. Whew! First-time author Robinson's simple, amusing text is paired with Reynolds's engaging cartoon illustrations; they extend the humor with exaggerated facial expressions and comical settings. Perfect for storytimes, this picture book lends itself well to dialogic reading, allowing children to discuss what's happening, extend the text, and predict what may come next. Be sure to offer this to fans of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse... books (HarperCollins) or pair them up in storytimes.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The moral of this tongue-in-cheek instruction book is, Don't Startle the Elephant. If, in the course of your explorations, an elephant stands on your foot, "keep calm," lest you rouse the tiger, and then the rhino, snakes and crocodiles, requiring a rescue by monkeys. Our intrepid explorer (outfitted with safari vest, adventurer's hat and binoculars) has one misadventure after another in this effective collaboration between words and pictures. Sharp-eyed readers will see the problems coming even before the reveal of the page turn. The narrator, whose helpful advice appears in the white above the cartoon-like illustrations, is not above saying "[t]old you so" and "don't say I didn't warn you." While adults may want to remind the creators there are no tigers on the African savanna, the apparent setting for this romp­--why not a leopard or a lion?--children will happily go along with the story's silliness. Reynolds' traveler bears a strong resemblance to his rendition of Judy Moody. His Horton-like elephant is particularly appealing, his tiger and alligators especially toothy, and the monkeys downright manic. The humor of these watercolor drawings fits the exaggeration of the storyline nicely. When the ending suggests that the story is starting over, listeners will be happy to hear it again. This is Robinson's first published picture book, but others are in the pipeline. A promising launch. (Picture book. 4-8)
The New York Times
…a welcome entry to the genre…Peter H. Reynolds, operating in the exaggerated high-comic mode of last year's Huck Runs Amuck…creates digital watercolor illustration with an animation feel. There's something of the Hanna-Barbera to it. And Robinson, in what is her first book for children, strikes just the right "in on the joke" tone.
—Pamela Paul

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803733985
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/05/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
554,936
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Michelle Robinson lives in Bristol, England.

Peter H. Reynolds lives in Dedham, Massachusetts (the home of his family's bookstore, The Blue Bunny). Peter is the illustrator of Someday, Little Boy, and many other beloved picture books.

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What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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1972bubblemike More than 1 year ago
If you like 'If You Give a Mouse A Cookie...' you'll love this. Great pictures with a different animal to delight kids on every page. It's the comic timing that makes this book so hilarious, and quirkier than the 'If You Give...' books. A whole lot of fun to read aloud and I can't wait to see more in the series. Highly recommended.