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What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Footby Michelle Robinson
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andldquo;Leopardpox!andrdquo; shouts Mama when her little girl becomes a frisky leopard cub. Now what? Mama and Sadieandrsquo;s three brothers take Sadie to the doctor, who says, andldquo;Iandrsquo;m not a doctor for leopards.andrdquo; Then they try the vet, who says, andldquo;If this is a leopard cub, itandrsquo;s a healthy leopard, but ifand#160;this is aand#160;little girl, then she is very ill.andrdquo; The zoo would be happy to keep her, but no one likes the idea of leaving her behind. No, decides Mama, theyandrsquo;ll take care of her at home, where rest and kindness work wonders. Explosively funny, slightly retro-looking illustrations accompany the laugh-aloud text, which takes a sly dig at the medical establishment while affirming the power of comfort from Mama. Andandmdash;who knew?andmdash;leopardpox may just be contagious!
"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)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
With hilarious text and goofy, zippy artwork, this is the funniest sick day ever. Sadie wakes up feeling strange and suddenly becomes a frisky little leopard cub. Neither the pediatrician nor the veterinarian knows what to do, and the zoo is out of the question. Finally Mama figures out the cure, which includes chicken soup, interesting programs on the nature channel, and some all-important TLC!
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.
About 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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