Title: Elmer and the Bedtime Story
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  Every animal in the jungle has a favourite bedtime story, but which one will Elmer tell the baby elephants tonight?

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Review:  This another wonderful story with Elmer the patchwork elephant! Elmer is asked to babysit two little elephants. Their mother tells him to read them a bedtime story, that should send them off to sleep. But Elmer decides to take them for a walk instead because he believes that will tire them out. Along the way Elmer encounters lots of animals all giving him advice on how to help the young elephants go to sleep, but will Elmer’s idea have other consequences? ‘Elmer and the Bedtime Story is bigger than A4 in size and the paperback is filled with lots of thick glossy pages of some text and really colourful illustrations.

Elmer and the Bedtime Story book page image one
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I have fallen in love with Elmer books even though I never read them when I was younger and this is another great one with Elmer trying to tire out Stella and Mel so they’ll go to sleep. On their walk he meets Lion who asks Elmer if he’s babysitting too. Lion then gives his advice on what sort of story Elmer should tell the kids. This repeats with the different animals Elmer meets during the walk, each offering their advice on the right story to tell the kids. I love how Elmer often has a funny thing to say in response to all the different stories he’s recommended to tell. The different animals all have different ideas for a bedtime story but in the end when Elmer starts to tell his own bedtime story to the kids something funny happens instead.

The illustrations are all so wonderful and I love how colourful and interesting Elmer’s world is. I love all the different plants and birds and things you can see in every picture and how this book makes you just want to sit and stare at the pages for a long time! All the animals including Elmer look so great and I just love how fun the whole story is and the expressions of all the characters.

Elmer and the Bedtime Story book page image two
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Overall this is such a great book and another great addition to the Elmer collection of books. This time the ending is a good and funny one which I’m sure the adults reading can probably see coming. However it’s still funny for both kids and adults to read and I’m sure both will enjoy reading this together more than once!

What do you think of this book?  Are there any favourite bedtime stories you liked as a child?  Let me know what think in the comments below 🙂