Bumblebee Grumblebee

  • Interest Level: Preschool
  • Reading Level: Preschool

A delightful board book for toddlers and adults to have fun experimenting with words to create funny new ones. Selected as a White Raven 2022.

Playful animals get up to everyday toddler mischief in this board book built on child-based wordplay, where each page twists animal names into funny new words that are fun to share.

With illustrations drawn from a toddlers world, babies and young children will recognize each activity—getting dressed, playing, painting (including themselves), having a bath, using the potty—and see how the animal makes the mischievous most of it.

The bumblebee breaks its toy—bumblebee grumblebee!
The cockatoo is getting dressed—cockatoo sockatoo!
The pelican tries out the potty—pelican smellican!
What will turtle do? Everybody gathers for the final squirtle.

Built for adults, babies and toddlers to share and read aloud, this fresh and sweet board book encourages experimentation with words and sounds, just by changing a letter or two.

Other books by David Elliot:
Henry’s Map

Praise for Bumblebee Grumblebee

“Delightful images and carefully selected text combine for a silly, innovative, entirely enjoyable read.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews, Best Board Book of 2022

“Sweet, beautifully detailed pastel illustrations.”—Bank Street Best Children’s Books 2022: Holiday Gift Edition

“Readers will laugh aloud at the changes these animals undergo by adding simple words . . . a winner.”—School Library Journal

“A fun, rhyming, whimsical board book which makes us laugh out loud—perfect book for under twos!” —Sunday Star Times

“Stands out in a field of rather pedestrian animal board books as it is not only funny but the last few pages are particularly wonderful . . . . Children will want this book read over and over again and will quickly join in and shout out the words.” —Read NZ

“This board book is creative and different enough from what’s out there to be worth adding to your collection.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Sticking the landing in a board book is an art. David Elliot? A master.”—Betsy Bird

Praise for Oink:

“Told only in animal dialect and sound effects but with brilliant visual details, this story will become a bathtime favorite.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Praise for Oink:
“Gorgeous Books to Expand the Youngest Minds: The delicacy and subtlety of the art only adds to the frisky humor.”—The New York Times

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Preschool
Reading Level Preschool
Copyright 2021
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 18
Publication Date 2022-02-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV009110, JUV009080, JUV051000
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 6.75 x 6.75
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: David Elliot

David Elliot is one of New Zealand's leading illustrators and has won many awards, including New Zealand's Best Children's Book 2017. He has illustrated for T. A. Barron and Jeffrey Kluger, and his picture book Henry's Map was a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013.

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  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2023
  • Kirkus Best Board Book of 2022, Winner, 2022


Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful images and carefully selected text combine for a silly, innovative, entirely enjoyable read.”—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Pairs of wildly original rhymes with animal names, like ‘buffalo, fluffalo,’ are hilariously presented in wide-open spreads spotlighting an original animal character followed by its newly named counterpart.”—School Library Journal