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On the Wing Raymond Briggs has produced wonderful children's books including the classic titles The Snowman Father Christmas and When the Wind Blows all made into immensely successful films Raymond lives in SussexLook out for these other titles by Raymond Briggs The Snowman. I enjoyed it but my kids were a little bored They had a hard time staying engaged with this one even though I pointed out things in the picture and emphasized certain favorite words like ice cream it didn't seem to help I loved the use of the old fashioned words like grocer and sweet shop it helps to expand my 5 yr olds vocabulary But overall we probably won't be reading this one again

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The Elephant and the Bad Baby is the classic story from Elfrida Vipont and Raymond BriggsThe Elephant takes the Bad Baby for a ride and they go 'rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta down the road' They help themselves to ice creams pies buns crisps biscuits lollipops and apples and the. The Bad Baby is very bad today and the good elephant is goodThis book is about a bad baby and he was very bad a good elephant is very good☺😠

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Shopkeepers follow them down the road shouting and waving All ends well as the Bad Baby learns to say 'Please' and his mother makes pancakes for everyoneElfrida Vipont worked as a teacher singer and writer She wrote over 30 books and won the Carnegie Medal in 1950 for Lark. The Elephant and the Bad Baby is one of my 3 year old’s favourite books It is an ideal bedtime story as it has a rhythm to it that can lull your child to sleepThe elephant meets a bad baby so takes him for a ride Along the way he asks if the bad baby would like buns lollipops etc from various shops they pass and the bad baby always says yes This leads to the shop owners such as the baker chasing after them in an ever increasing band But the bad baby never once said please so gets his comeuppanceI know some other reviewers have criticised aspects of the book They said that the barrow boy is smoking a cigar on the five or so pages he appears on but the pictures date back to a time perhaps the 1950s before supermarkets ruled a time when grocers and sweetshops filled the high street instead and when barrow boys smoked cigars And I am uite confident that these pictures will not influence my child to smoke and that the likely influences will be her parents’ and her friends’ behaviour when she is many years olderAlso I've seen reviewers moan because the baby falls off the elephant The picture makes it look like a bad fall from a suddenly halting elephant one that would hurt a lot However again no one in their right mind would allow their baby to ride a real life elephant in this way and this is a work of fiction in which the baby falls off but is not hurtBut for me and my daughter it is a great book with great pictures showing England as it once was although there is a running elephant there too and there is a lovely rhythm to the story with nice repetition making the book ideal for young listeners

  • Paperback
  • 32
  • The Elephant and the Bad Baby
  • Elfrida Vipont
  • English
  • 03 December 2019
  • 9780140500486

About the Author: Elfrida Vipont

Born in Manchester in 1902 Elfrida Vipont Brown was the daughter of devout uakers and was educated at Manchester High School before studying history at Manchester University and singing in Paris London and Leipzig She worked for a time as a professional singer experience she would use in her books married research technologist RP Foulds in 1929 and had four daughters Vipont published



10 thoughts on “The Elephant and the Bad Baby

  1. says:

    This is one of those beautifully repetitive rhythmic books that will have children finishing the sentence for you in no time especially when the elephant goes rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta all down the road perfect for the language beginner to learn the names of truly essential food items like cake ice cream and biscuits as well as the shops where the elephant takes a pie for himself and a pie for the bad baby there you've got me doing it now too And of course even essential than food are those little words that oil the works of human relationships Because why was the baby a BAD baby? Because he never ONCE said PLEASE What makes it fun for the seven year old who's learning English with me are the illustrations by the inimitable Raymond Briggs she's a bit old for the story itself of course but the pictures are full of visual wit that she can delight in We both have a giggle over the hat that looks just like the cakes in the Baker's window and give each other a nod and a wink over the fact that the lady from the sweet shop and the barrow boy are holding hands by page 18 Wooooo

  2. says:

    The Bad Baby is very bad today and the good elephant is goodThis book is about a bad baby and he was very bad a good elephant is very good☺😠

  3. says:

    An obliging elephant takes a baby for the ride of his life in this cumulative tale from English author Elfrida Vipont who is better known for her series of children's novels about an extended uaker family including the Carnegie Medal winning The Lark on the Wing than for her picture books Trundling along the elephant provides the baby the bad baby with a variety of treats all pilfered from various stores and stalls that they pass on their way They are pursued by an ever growing string of irate shop owners until the elephant realizing that the baby has never said please not once stops abruptly leading to chaos and to some unexpected conseuencesI don't know all told that I was as impressed with The Elephant and the Bad Baby as some other readers apparently it was included in 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up although I can see that it would make an appealing read aloud selection with the list of pursuers growing on each two page spread Somehow the narrative didn't really strike a chord with me as I expected it to do after simply loving Vipont's The Lark in the Morn although I did appreciate the irony of the elephant's chastisement intentional? unintentional? of the baby when he's been out stealing the goods All that said there was nothing really wrong with the story either despite my lack of enthusiasm and the artwork done by Raymond Briggs creator of such wordless picture books as The Snowman and Father Christmas was charming alternating between full color and black and white illustrations Mileage will vary with this one I suspect

  4. says:

    “The Elephant and the Bad Baby” by Elfrida Vipoint and Raymond BriggsThis is a fictional story about an elephant and a “bad” baby who wouldn’t say “please” One day the elephant meets the bad baby and offers him a ride in to town They go to several food shops and the elephant grabs the food that the baby wants All the owners from the different shops are angry and they follow the bad baby and the elephant Suddenly the elephant stops and the bad baby flies off and the elephant realises the baby has not once said “please” The shop owners are also angry that the baby has not said “please” The baby learns his lesson and says “please” when he asks to go home to his mum All the characters go back to the baby’s house where the mum cooks them pancakes and they all say please The baby goes to bed and the characters disappear into the nightI enjoyed reading this story because the plot is engaging and humorous and there is lots of repetition The illustrations are very appealing The vibrant colours and a combination of earth colours and luminous colours would engage children and adults alike The shaded grey on the elephant makes him stand out and grab the attention of the reader The ginger hair against the pale skin and white clothes makes the baby easy to find in the illustration Although the illustrations are very bright and colourful alternate pages are in black and white giving a very effective contrast From my experience this is a story that would be enjoyed by 3 7 year old children Children at this age would really identify with the characters in the storyThis book could be used in the classroom in a variety of ways Firstly there are opportunities in the book to discuss fantasy and real life In the story there is fantasy when the elephant invites the baby to go for a ride and when the elephant comes to tea The baby falling asleep at the end of the day is real The combination is not confusing and we are left wondering if the baby was just having a dream This would be a good story for language development The story could be read to a class and the children invited to join in for “rumpeta rumpeta” as the elephant trudged along the road This story could also help with the maths curriculum in counting the number of shop owners that were running after the “bad” baby The book could also as curriculum support to discuss the topic of emotions and feelings There is evidence of anger between the shop owners and the elephant as the elephant takes the food for the baby There is evidence of sadness when the baby just wants to go home to his mum And then there is happiness when the baby has all the characters around to his house for pancakes Social skills for example using the word “please” could also be discussed The names of the different types of food might also be explored with children Finally using pictures from the book to seuence the story would challenge children I really liked this book and would highly recommend it I hope I get to use this book in the classroom on teaching practice

  5. says:

    The Elephant and the Bad Baby is one of my 3 year old’s favourite books It is an ideal bedtime story as it has a rhythm to it that can lull your child to sleepThe elephant meets a bad baby so takes him for a ride Along the way he asks if the bad baby would like buns lollipops etc from various shops they pass and the bad baby always says yes This leads to the shop owners such as the baker chasing after them in an ever increasing band But the bad baby never once said please so gets his comeuppanceI know some other reviewers have criticised aspects of the book They said that the barrow boy is smoking a cigar on the five or so pages he appears on but the pictures date back to a time perhaps the 1950s before supermarkets ruled a time when grocers and sweetshops filled the high street instead and when barrow boys smoked cigars And I am uite confident that these pictures will not influence my child to smoke and that the likely influences will be her parents’ and her friends’ behaviour when she is many years olderAlso I've seen reviewers moan because the baby falls off the elephant The picture makes it look like a bad fall from a suddenly halting elephant one that would hurt a lot However again no one in their right mind would allow their baby to ride a real life elephant in this way and this is a work of fiction in which the baby falls off but is not hurtBut for me and my daughter it is a great book with great pictures showing England as it once was although there is a running elephant there too and there is a lovely rhythm to the story with nice repetition making the book ideal for young listeners

  6. says:

    Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library sometimes around particular topics or themes We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new favourite authorsLol I can see how this could be a classic but I just can't like it I know I'm overthinking it too much but I dislike calling any baby 'bad' and then it annoys me that they all turn on the baby and have a go at him despite the fact the elephant has clearly been a bad role model and the baby hasn't actually done anything wrong The baby hasn't gone on a crime spree or asked for anything apart from to go home I definitely feel for his poor mother wielding that skillet in her traditional gender defined role trying to cook pancakes to appease the horde of strange men that have showed up on her door stepMiss 3 liked the 'rumpety rumpety rumpety' part but thought the book was scary because there's a bunch of angry people wielding weapons and determinedly pursuing the elephant

  7. says:

    I enjoyed it but my kids were a little bored They had a hard time staying engaged with this one even though I pointed out things in the picture and emphasized certain favorite words like ice cream it didn't seem to help I loved the use of the old fashioned words like grocer and sweet shop it helps to expand my 5 yr olds vocabulary But overall we probably won't be reading this one again

  8. says:

    The bad baby and the elephant go on an adventure taking things from shops but the baby never says please so all the shop keepers follow him home Repetition and rhythm good for little ones language development

  9. says:

    So much nostalgia The 'rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta' of the Elephant down the road is the noise that myself along with many others I'm sure now associate with all elephants real or not One of my favourite picture books

  10. says:

    and they went rumpeta rumpeta rumpeta all down the road This is a charming British tale of a gregarious elephant and a baby boy whose eyes are bigger than his stomach The setting of a gentrified industrial seaside town is very relatable and uaint The illustrations are gorgeously simple the bad baby clad all in white and the sleek grey form of the elephant I enjoyed the detailed signage and accessories in each of the illustrations this should keep older toddlers engaged as they are learning to read the words I especially liked the cake and pie shaped hats of the customers in the shopsThe Bad Baby himself was adorably innocent in his naughtiness and it was warming to see his forgiveness come so easily and the elephant allowing him to nestle up under his front leg at the dinner table With a haircut like my husband had at that age how could I fail to love the Bad Baby?Great onomatopoeia great relevance great big magical elephant fun and the Bad Baby said Yes

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