A picture book we’re loving this week is Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: and Other Poems
by Jack Prelutsky, Illustrations by Carin Berger. What is an umbrellaphant? It is what you get when you add an umbrella to an elephant, of course!
We picked up this great book by chance. I was browsing a nearby shelf at a local library, and my preschooler spotted this cover, pulled out the book and started flipping through it. The cover art caught his eye. Like the artwork in the book, it is formed from cutouts of print media.
He told me he wanted to check it out, and it wasn’t until we got home that I realized what a little gem this book is. Prelutsky’s wordplay is brilliant and the meter of the poetry makes it fun to read aloud. This book of poems combines animals with everyday objects, to create such creatures as a Panthermometer and a Clocktopus.
hop and hopThen startlingly, abruptly stopAnd place in slots atop their headsFresh slices of assorted breads.