"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!"

by Patricia Thomas, Wallace Tripp | Children's Books |
ISBN: 9780688093389 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 9/29/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, September 29, 2020
I got this ex-library hardcover from Better World Books. It's an amusing tale of an elephant who, about to sneeze, warns all the other animals to get out of reach - with each of them responding with their fears as to how much damage the elephant-sneeze will do, from knocking leaves from the trees to blowing the stripes off of the zebras. Well, just as the elephant's about to let go, a little mouse pops up and says "Boo!" - shocking the elephant out of sneezing entirely!

However, this doesn't spare the other creatures. It seems the elephant found this so hilarious that he burst out laughing, rolling on the ground in glee, and the noise of *that* did just what the animals feared the sneeze would do!

The illustrations are funny and charming, with the animals' expressions coming through loud and clear. Perhaps my favorite is that of the angry little mouse at the end, having been knocked into a mud puddle by the guffawing elephant; he's shaking his fist and glaring as the muddy water runs off of his fur...

Released 2 wks ago (9/29/2020 UTC) at Somewhere in North Hampton (see notes) in North Hampton, New Hampshire USA


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I left this book, bagged against the elements, on a bench on the seashore along Rt. 1A near the intersection with Rt. 111; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2020 You're Such an Animal challenge. ***

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