Bumblebee Grumblebee by David Elliot. Gecko Press, c2021, 2022. 9781776574025
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Board book
What did you like about the book? Very cute illustrations anchor this board book that has a lot of fun with rhymes and animal names. On each left-side page, we see the animal and its name as it starts a human activity, for example, an elephant holds a pink tutu. On the facing page, she’s stepped into her outfit and become a balletphant! A buffalo takes a bath but on the facing page picks up a blow dryer, turning into a fluffalo. A pelican walks along…to the toilet where he’s now dubbed a smellican. And so on. The adorable drawings are done with watercolor and pencil, and the animals are cuddly but recognizable, in both their before and after shots. By the end, the turtle has become a squirtle as he grabs a hose and sprays all his friends.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Perfect for sharing with a toddler. Although the rhymes and puns will mostly be fun for adult readers, even young children will enjoy laughing at the silly animal antics. This board book is creative and different enough from what’s out there to be worth adding to your collection.
Who should buy this book? Day care centers and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Board books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer: Susan Harari, Keefe Library, Boston Latin School, Boston, MA
Date of review: May 21, 2022