Pic­ture­book

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Too Many Ele­phants in this House Ur­sula Du­bosarsky and An­drew Joyner, Pen­guin, $24.95 Strathal­byn il­lus­tra­tor An­drew Joyner’s twin­kling-eyed ele­phants over­flow the pages of this ex­u­ber­ant story of lat­eral prob­lem­solv­ing from the duo that brought you The Ter­ri­ble Plop. There are ele­phants in ev­ery room of Eric’s house – ele­phants mak­ing toast in the kitchen, build­ing block-tow­ers in the liv­ing room, hav­ing pil­low-fights in the bed­room: Eric’s mum can’t move for ele­phants and says they have to go. Eric is dev­as­tated: he loves each and ev­ery one of his ele­phants and he can pic­ture the havoc they’d cause in the neigh­bour­hood if he just put them out on the street. At last he comes up with an imag­i­na­tive but thor­oughly prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion and the ele­phants are con­tained to ev­ery­one’s sat­is­fac­tion. Katharine Eng­land

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