Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Mammoth in the Fridge by Michael Escoffier and Matthieu Maudet (Gecko Press)

A Mammoth in the Fridge

Written by Michael Escoffier

Illustrated by Matthieu Maudet

Published by Gecko Press

How do you know if you've had an elephant in your fridge? You'll see huge footprints in the butter! How do you know if you've had a mammoth in your fridge? Well, you may not know until one day, like the dad in this story, you fancy an icy cold beverage and instead find a huge hairy beast folded up into the space between your Yakults and your Sour Cream and Chive Dip.

It's not exactly sanitary is it! Ew!

Dad panics, Mum runs around like a lunatic - and a little girl and her brother help to give chase. Mammoths are canny beasts though, and soon the hairy elephantine fellow heads straight up the nearest tree to hide.

Even a local fire crew can't winkle him out of his comfortable spot up the tree, so the family and the firemen play a waiting game - to no avail.

The best thing about this book is the twist - which we'd ruin if we revealed so we won't! Suffice to say that there was indeed a very good reason the mammoth was in the fridge and it's up to you to pick up this book and enjoy finding out exactly why!

Funny and cute in equal amounts. We definitely don't recommend keeping prehistoric pachyderms in your icebox though, just pick up a copy of this brilliant book instead!

Charlotte's best bit: The rather brilliant twist and what happens at the end of the book.

Daddy's Favourite bit: A crazy and slightly surreal situation that breaks out into belly laughs later on as you figure out the twist for yourself too.

(Kindly sent to us for review by Gecko Press)