Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Perfect Job for an Elephant by Jodie Parachini and Caroline Pedler (QED Publishing)

The Perfect Job for an Elephant

Written by Jodie Parachini

Illustrated by Caroline Pedler

Published by QED Publishing

Our second look at QED's new Storytime Range offers up a puzzling quandary for tiny tiddlers. "What job would be best for a busy and energetic little elephant?" That's the core theme of this cute little story from Jodie Parachini and Caroline Pedler.

Mummy is on hand to help with useful suggestions. Little Elephant is great at eating, so perhaps she could turn her talents to cookery as a chef? Perhaps not, as little elephant is better at eating her own produce than selling it in Zebra's cafe! Eek!

How about art? Helping out in Flamingo's pottery stand perhaps? Maybe not, a big slightly clumsy elephant with big flapping ears causes chaos amongst the crockery!

Poor little elephant is completely downhearted but perhaps she just needs the right thing to happen to show her where her true talents lie.

What we love about the QED Storytime range is the discussions that emerge around the story, actively encouraged by helpful story discussion pointers raised at the end of each book (See also Steve Smallman's "The Special Guest" in the same range). It's always great listening to what kids want to be when they grow up (Charlotte changes her mind about once a week, this week: "I want to work in a pet shop!")

Charlotte's best bit: Little elephant's yummy buns and cakes - before little elephant gobbles up the lot!

Daddy's Favourite bit: A cute and fun story that stimulates discussion and is a real wow for little readers.

(Kindly sent to us for review by QED Publishing)