Jeremy James: Elephants Don’t Sit on Cars

By David Henry Wilson (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Jeremy James is a little boy who always finds interesting things to do… even if the grownups sometimes wished he didn’t. Jeremy is honest to a fault, usually telling everyone exactly what he thinks and asking them a million questions in the process. He’s often confused at the answers grownups give to his many important questions, resulting in much humour for parents and children alike.

Our little reviewer loved the following exchange: Jeremy goes with his daddy to watch a football match and he asks why a stand is called a stand when, quite obviously, they are sitting.

Daddy answers: ‘That’s an interesting question…but I haven’t come here to give a lesson on semantics.  Mummy, of course would have said Humph, but Daddy often used long words that didn’t exist when he couldn’t answer a question.  Semantics was one of his favourite words even though Jeremy James knew it was only the name of a tabby cat three doors away.’

Each book is filled with short stories so they make perfect bedtime stories or chapter readers. The much loved classic originally came out in 1977 and has been re-released with illustrations by The Gruffalo’s Axel Scheffler. Bound to be a favorite for 5 – 9 year olds. If your children love this try the next in the series: Never Say Moo to a Bull.



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