My mama loves playing with me and my cars. I like that, as long as mama tidies up the cars afterwards.
I’m good at hiding. No one can find me, not even my mama ... and then suddenly I shout, “PEEKABOO!” My mama’s scared to death! I laugh and laugh.
At night, my mama shakes the stars off my pants. I give her a big hug and say. “Goodnight stars, see you tomorrow!”
A naughty baby elephant tells all about his mother in this lovingly drawn story―familiar and funny for both parents and children.
What I loved: The book ultimately shows the love between mother and child and the many ways in which they can relate. It's always nice to see a parent interacting lovingly with child, and that really shows through well here.
What left me wanting more: The little elephant does some things he should not such as cutting up his mother's dress (for which he says he tried to make Mama's dress prettier, but that's not okay) and watering in the plants by peeing on them. I would have rather these were left out, as they may give children ideas you wish they didn't and it sets a bad example. There's not a clear reprimand or consequence for either, but especially peeing on the plants. The illustrations are pretty simple and a little lackluster, as there is not much color (only from their clothes) and the background is just white.
Final verdict: Overall, this is an okay picture book that will appeal to some readers, particularly children who are a bit older and can understand the humor/jokes.