Elmer’s New Friend {What We’re Reading}

Elmer's New Friend book review

Since receiving Elmer’s Friends in her Bookstart pack, Rosalie has formed a fond attachment to the little patchwork elephant. I suspect it is the bright colours that she likes, but anyway, when we found a different Elmer book in the library last week we just had to take it out! So this week we have been reading Elmer’s New Friend by David McKee.

It follows a similar format to several other books we have read, with a little surprise at the end that will delight its readers – well it certainly puts a cheeky grin on Rosalie’s face anyway!

The news that Elmer has a new friend is spreading fast across the jungle, and the story follows Elmer as she encounters each of her animal friends trying to guess who her new friend could possibly be.

Elmer gives hints as to who this new friend might be.

Although the story doesn’t have any rhyming, which I think is a shame, I do like that there are so many things to talk about on each page – the colours, the animals, the sounds – as well as the actions each animal mentions.

And then the big reveal… You are Elmer’s new friend!

The mirror at the end is such fun for babies – Rosalie thinks it’s brilliant that her face appears in the book, she gets so close as if she can’t quite believe it!

I think the Elmer books are going to become firm favourites, and we might have to start buying a few, because let’s face it, who can resist the adorable patchwork elephant and her jolly friends?

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    February 10, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Oliver's and Elmer fan too and we read that free bookstart one daily. I will have to look out for this one when we next go to the library

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    Jess Eliot
    February 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Our bookstart one is 'well loved' too! x

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    Katy F
    February 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I love mirrors in books, always such a laugh!

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    February 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    We love Elmer books here as well and have read that one a few times. I love books with mirrors – my two always love them too πŸ™‚

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    February 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Aww that's so sweet – I love books with mirrors at the end for little ones, they're always so much fun!

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    Jess Eliot
    February 12, 2015 at 8:42 pm


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    Jess Eliot
    February 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    For some reason R likes to kiss/lick the mirror?! Bit gross in a library book in my opinion but I can't stop her πŸ™‚

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    Jess Eliot
    February 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I think we might have to renew it she loves it so much, she's started bringing books to me now and this one is always her first choice at the moment πŸ™‚

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