Written in minimal, toddler-friendly language.
Small Elephant doesn’t like baths. Mummy tries to tempt him into the tub with lots of toys and bubbles, but he stubbornly refuses and gets increasingly more angry. Mummy has an idea – she gets Daddy to get into the tiny bath – he looks so funny squeezed in that his son starts to giggle, and demands to take Daddy’s place. Small Elephant then enjoys his bath so much that he refuses to get out (many parents will recognise the stubborn toddler behaviour in the the story).
It is clear that the author really understands toddlers, as she has captured their often contrary behaviour brilliantly. We loved the pencil-outline drawings. Feeney has successfully reflected the emotions of Small Elephant in simple pencil strokes, some blobs of watercolour and a dash of red and blue.