Slightly tenuous connection to Pancake Day, but a great excuse to review this lovely book!
Daisy's mum and dad are far too busy to listen to what she had to tell them so when she tries to tell them that a big, purple rhino is in the house, they take no notice. However, the rhino listens to Daisy and they develop a great friendship. When all Dad's pancakes (there's the link!) go missing, they notice, but still don't believe her and decide to take her to the zoo to see what a real rhino looks like. Once there, they learn that a big, purple, pancake-loving rhino has gone missing and decide it's time to listen to Daisy after all!
Reminiscent of 'Not Now Bernard', 'Elephants Don't Eat Pancakes' reminds us that nothing is more important than paying attention to our children whilst they are still young. With mum often on the phone and dad busy with the housework, Daisy's parents resemble many families today, but by the end of the story, they listen to her 'until she had completely run out of words.'
The illustrations are a joy, full of fun and little details. The picture above is one of my favourites, showing her reading 'Dogs Don't Do Ballet' (another book by this author/ illustrator combination) with a pink rhino toy tucked into bed with her and a hint of things to come peeking round the doorway.
The perfect book to read whilst making pancakes and listening to your children!
Rhinos Don't Eat Pancakes Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1471158117