Ready, steady, jump! by Jeanne Willis; illustrated by Adrian Reynolds (2015)

[Published by Andersen Press]

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So that’s one of the weirder questions I’ve posed to google, “Why can’t elephants jump?” The best answer I found is this video, not technically an answer but too good not to share.

Elephant refuses to believe he can’t jump. He tries running very fast, using something bouncy and losing weight, but nothing works.

He heads to the top of a mountain to sulk (high five for a great choice of sulking spot). Down below is a boy who has fallen onto a rock and needs rescuing, preferably by someone who can jump. Monkey jumps down, and gets stuck. Lion jumps down but can’t climb back. Giraffe joins the rescue crew and you guessed it…IMG_1535

Elephant’s trunk of greatness is employed and up up up he pulls the cowering crew. “And although Elephant kept his feet firmly on the ground… his heart jumped for joy!”

When I started myfriendlucy I decided I would try to hold off repeating authors for as long as possible. I’ve just realised this is my fourth book by Jeanne Willis! What she does so well (other than pairing with awesome illustrators) is to tell full wonderful stories within the constraints of the picture book format. And her “punchlines” can’t be beaten.

Check out Ready, steady, jump! at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Ready, steady, jump! from Fishpond.

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