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 for help!"),

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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

At first glance, this picture book serves an immediate need: After all, once a pachyderm stands on your foot, you won't be in a mood for rational examination of your options. Fortunately, that disaster is unlikely to happen and even more fortunately, this very funny hardcover addresses a whole jungle-full of possible animal catastrophes. Narrated with tongue firmly planted in cheek, What To Do If an Elephant Stands On Your Foot prepares you playfully with dangerous encounters with tigers, rhinos, crocodiles, alligators and snakes. Thank goodness, the monkeys are there to save us!

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
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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101643761
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/05/2012
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
8 MB
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.