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The Slightly Annoying Elephant

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  688 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Number-one best-selling duo David Walliams and Tony Ross present their first picture book. Elephants never forget - and neither will millions of readers once they've met the slightly annoying elephant.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 7th 2013 by Harper Collins (first published 2013)
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Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
The Slightly Annoying Elephant was a clever and funny book, like all David Walliams books. But, also like all David Walliams books, they're a bit mean-spirited and defeatist. I suspect he sold his soul to the devil, for the ability to write like Roald Dahl. Unfortunately, it's that precise lack of humanity in his writing that will hold him back from ever being a truly great children's author.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites
A very funny book about a boy who accidentally adopts an elephant and his freinds
Shane Harcombe
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Good, entertaining story with an unexpected finish. My students were shocked at how rude the elephant was & loved predicting who/what could be behind the second "knock, knock, knock." ...more
Rebecca Brown
This book is about a young boy, Sam, who has an elephant unexpectedly turn up on his doorstep. The elephant is annoying and frustrates Sam with his many difficult traits around the house.

I enjoyed reading ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ and I really love the fun, lively illustrations by Tony Ross. The story is simple and easy to follow with lots of exaggerated text and pictures which children will love.

I think this book would be suitable for children aged 4-7 years old, with children slightly o
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I have developed a slight phobia of elephants.
My nephew has taken to referring to me as 'Silly Girl!'
I do my best to remind him that he is in fact a 'SILLY BOY!'
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Read this to my little borthers
Christian West
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Sam fills out an 'Adopt An Elephant' form at the zoo and ends up with an elephant at his home.

A cute book and well illustrated.
Iqra Fiaz
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun book to read with children, brought to live with the bright colours and exaggerated speech of the elephant. Funny voices would really engage children.
Pally Chohan
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The slightly annoying elephant is a fantastic story written by the hilarious David Walliams. Walliams has moved away from the usual style of his novels to a short story which younger readers can enjoy. This is guaranteed to become a classic. The story is about an elephant who comes to stay with Sam, after Sam fills out a form to adopt an elephant at the zoo. As you can guess from the title the elephant is ‘slightly annoying’, in the way that he behaves and how he just assumes that he has control ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The colours in this book are really bright and I think that makes it perfectly suited to younger children. The things that the elephant gets up to make the story amusing and would make it really fun to read aloud to a class. The font style changes when the elephant speaks to be big and bold which helps develop the character and bring him to life. A great book that could really engage young children.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
David Walliams' latest book is his first picture book, that is fun and easy to follow, with loads of exaggerated text and lively, colourful pictures by Tony Ross.
Sofia Brito
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. A little boy adopted an elephant and he turns out at his doorstep. Read it several times to my reading group and they absolutely love it. It's always a treat for our reward time.
Alice Bennett
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A humorous book about a cheeky elephant who comes to stay in Sam's house and begins to take over! Children can join in the repeated phrase "no, silly boy" and predict what the terrible elephant might do next. My only issue with this book is that the elephant doesn't learn about the consequences of his actions, and so if I was to do this book with young children I would make it clear that the elephant is in the wrong. We would write our own endings about what Sam could do to make the elephant und ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one I think the kids enjoy more than I did personally, though it wasn't a bad one either. There's a good bit of humor, and the illustrations are bright and fun. There just wasn't that extra spark that made it one of my favorites. Still, I can see using it in an older (not toddler) storytime, especially ones on manners (what should the elephant do when...?), travel/visitors, or - duh - elephants. Besides having some fun Silly Voice Potential, the different text sizes would be great for em ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an amusing book focussing on a little boy discovering an elephant-shaped visitor on his doorstep. The elephant had been adopted by the little boy at the zoo, and soon brings his elephant herd with him. It certainly pays to read that small print on contracts, I think. (I dread to think what would have happened if Sam had adopted a Komodo Dragon or something! :D ) Good cautionary tale with plenty of superb illustrations!
Bethy Clarke
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The Slightly Annoying Elephant is a slightly annoying book!
A child in my Y1 class asked me to read this to her today and I think we both felt a bit disappointed and defeated at the end.
The story is relentless and there is no positive outcome or moral!
Sam, the protagonist, is repeatedly referred to as 'Silly boy', which is never rectified, and the main take away message is just helplessness!
Would NOT use as a class text or choose to read to any children!
Freddie D
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a fun book to read aloud, especially performing the elephant's dialogue in a loud and booming voice. The concept is a funny one, except that I couldn't help but feel sorry for Sam. This elephant is not, as the title suggests, slightly annoying. He is rude and aggressive and destroys Sam's house and brand new bicycle. I guess one positive is that there's a good teaching lesson to be had about manners and how to be a polite and courteous guest after reading?
The Book Squirrel
This was.... not great. It was ok, but it sort of left you going, "yeah...." in a slightly-head-tilted, slightly-nose-wrinkled, voice-trailing-off kind of way.
I'm 100% sure the actual picture book would be better than the audio, but the story itself is still a bit "yeah...". It's defeatist and the 'humour' (that the boy didn't read the fine print) is beyond the comprehension of children's lived experience.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss 6 enjoys all things David Walliams and liked listening to this as an audiobook.

Miss 6 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I felt like I'm Sam (being treated like a slave by our children), and 7-year old son felt like he's Sam and did not want an elephant in our home. He did not like the story, and I expected that there would be some hope somewhere in the book. We were so depressed after reading this that son only gave 2 stars, and I do not have any reasons for different opinions.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2017
A new book by David Walliams and this one is all about a boy who finds an elephant unexpectedly on his doorstep ... and he leaves a trail of destruction behind him .... and then there's another knock on the door and even more elephants.

Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
A story about a boy named Sam and an annoying elephant that began with Sam filling an "Adopt an Elephant" form at the zoo. The elephant is quite rude that it might give children, especially boys, a good laugh. But its manner is definitely not what we want the children to pick up.
Rhyllis Bignell
Beware of the blue elephant knocking on your door, Sam. This boy's signed up for 'Adopt a Pet' and as soon as he opens the door, trouble and mayhem start. Another extremely funny picture book with gorgeous Tony Ross illustrations.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I read this because I'm gifting it to my nephews for Christmas. Quite funny and cute, with an unexpected ending.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silly book for most ages!

I really liked how the boy didn’t read the little message, it was totally hilarious and most children will enjoy it.
Olivia S
Apr 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Ugh I thought this might be funny, but I hated it! I got it because I like the illustrator, Tony Ross, but this was more than slightly annoying. Didn't even finish it.
Abigail Mason
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A humorous, light hearted book
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
A fun story that will make kids laugh for sure. Very colourful illustrations and a very very unpleasant and bad behaved elephant.
Kashaf khan
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly loved this. It has a real good message; before you sign, read the full contract down to the small print. Saves you from a lot of grief.
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David Walliams is an actor and writer best known for his work with Matt Lucas in the multi-award-winning sketch show Little Britain. His debut children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, was published in 2008 to unanimous critical acclaim and he has since developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl.

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