by Francesco Pittau and Bernadette Gervais

Elephant Elephant – A Book of Opposites

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Based on Ricky’s giggles as we were photographing this book, I knew this was a good selection. Initially it looks like your everyday opposites book – big/small, tall/short, front/back (yawn), but then things start to get interesting.

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Another sign of childrens’ book excellence is the one star amazon review. The books that appeal to me tend to be…polarizing.

In the words of Giannina68:
“I hadn’t gotten halfway through reading this book to my 2 year old when I had to stop. The pictures were disturbing to me and in my opinion completely inappropriate. There are pictures of a boy and girl elephant peeing from their private parts, another picture shows an elephant with a cork up their butt, another picture with an open elephant so you can see its intestines, and another picture calling the elephant stupid.”

To which Brady replied:
“peeing from their private parts”!?!? Oh no!!! Where the @#$% do you think they pee from if not their “private parts”. Is your child so sheltered that even they don’t know where their own pee comes from? Christ.”

Good stuff!

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Lastly, my favorite spread with its poetic simplicity.

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Probably a book for the slightly older child, it would be a good catalyst for some creative discussions.You can get a copy and read the reviews here.

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