Having been at Bloomsbury Publishing a couple of weeks ago for their Evening of Illustration, I feel as if I’m a little late to the party with this review!

There is no doubt that You Can’t take an Elephant on the Bus has already gone down a storm, and it’s easy to see why!

You Can’t take an Elephant on the Bus


You can’t take an elephant on the bus …It would simply cause a terrible fuss! Elephants’ bottoms are heavy and fat, and would certainly squash the seats quite flat…

You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus

Never put a camel in a sailing boat, or a tiger on a train, and don’t even THINK about asking a whale to ride a bike … This riotous picture book is filled with animals causing total disaster as they try to travel in the most unsuitable vehicles. A real romp of a book, with hilarious rhyming text and spectacular illustrations.

This book was a total winner with my son, he has a love of all things ‘silly’ and the inherent silliness in this book, combined with great illustrations (images of iconic red ‘London’ buses are always popular with him) has meant this has quickly become a bedtime staple!

The author, Patricia Cleveland-Peck, lived in France and Ireland before settling in rural Sussex. She has published fourteen children’s books and has also written adult books and plays.

She now works as a travel journalist but with a young granddaughter has returned to the world of children’s books with You Can’t Take an Elephant on a Bus, her first book for Bloomsbury…

David Tazzyman is the bestselling illustrator of the Mr Gum books (Egmont) which have won a multitude of awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. You Can’t Take an Elephant on the Bus is his first picture book for Bloomsbury.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (9 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408849828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408849828


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