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Bertil and the Bathroom Elephants [Hardcover]

By Inger Lindahl (Author)
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Will the bathroom ever be safe for Bertil?

It is not Bertil's fault that the bathroom gets so wet when he takes a bath. It's the fault of the elephants that are splashing and spraying. There's no end to the mischief they cause! At first Bertil loves his funny new friends, but when he is not allowed any peace and quiet in the bathroom, he has a change of heart. The problem is, just how do you get rid of naughty bathroom elephants?

Accompanied by Eva Lindstrm's animated pictures, Inger Lindahl's clever story will be familiar to all children who have gotten a little carried away in the tub.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: R & S Books
Pages   28
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.76" Width: 8.16" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 8, 2003
Publisher   R & S Books
ISBN  9129659442  
ISBN13  9789129659443  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > Picture Books
2Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Elephants > Fiction
3Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
5Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3

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My kids loved this book ?!?  Aug 5, 2005
This book may be confusing to adults, but to someone who is intimidated by potty training it apparently makes perfect sense. As a stay at home mother of four BOY, COULD I RELATE TO THIS BOOK!!! Of course it can be confusing, so can 2 and 3 year olds. If you have never given your children "positive attention" for their imaginery playmates or let them have a snack on the toilet hoping they'll stay on for a few more minutes and pee in the toilet instead of the carpet this book is not for you. The artwork is simple but my kids recognize and enjoyed the legos, and other familiar toys and objects. While maybe not so aesthetically appealing to adults, my kids found the artwork to be just right. Oskar, (I'm pretty sure that's his name) his older brother is six but I thought it was pretty clear Bertil was three. It follows the fantasy problems (his fear of the bathroom's weird plumbing noises and strange pipes) and the humorous solutions of the adults to negotiate him back into the bathroom and off of potty chair in the hallway. This is definitely a boy or a tomboy book, the short choppy dialogue, fierce elephants and underwear in the toilet humor attest to that as does the ultimate solution wrought by Dad and the neighbor man who helped fixed the car. Although you never know, one of my boys is as devoted to this as to the very feminine Olivia the pig. And like the Olivia books the author throws in a lot of humor for the adults. It appears Bertil's mom's eyes are rolling as he explains it was the elephants' fault once again. This book definitely deserves a looksee.
Confusing and Unappealing  Jun 8, 2005
This somewhat strange book has a confusing, perhaps just inconsistent plot. Bertil, an imaginative six-year old, believe (or pretends to believe) that a pair of elephants live in the bathroom (it appears that they are inspired by the trunk-shaped pipe leading from the bathtub to the floor). Bertil's invention allows him to blame his own mishaps and mischief on the two elephants. Eva Lindstrom's casual, not to scale illustrations clearly show Bertil pouring a bucket of bath water on the floor and letting a spray nozzle point upwards, thus making a flood in the bathroom. However, Bertil has the convenient excuse of the elephants:

"'It's the elephants!'
`The what?' says Mom.
"That's right. Bathroom elephants, A pair of them. They live there,' say Bertil pointing under the tub. `They spray a lot' `....They squirt with their trunks even though I've told them not to' he says, sounding upset."

The imaginary playmate/animal is a common motif, usually a substitute for a real friend, but here a scapegoat for Bertil's misadventures. He gets lots of positive attention from his parents and younger brother, and he floods the bathroom, cracks the ceiling, and flushes Dad's underwear down the toilet with impunity-he's got it good.

So, perhaps the authors wanted to make something original out of this device, because the elephants abruptly turn in Bertil's enemies. Perhaps, they wanted to illustrate the difficulties of potty-training (usually, although of course not always, accomplished by age six, by the way) , because this is when the elephants first seem threatening to Bertil. They make strange noises, and Bertil runs from the bathroom; later he won't enter the room without his mom. She makes plans to starve the elephants. However Bertil hears more sounds when he's sitting on the toilet, and he runs and falls down--his butt prominently displayed in the picture. Here, Bertil looks positively scared lying half-naked on the floor: "'They tried to kill me'! screams Bertil. `I'm never going in there again. Never!'" Is this some comeuppance for his earlier fabrication? Just what was the point of changing the elephants from allies to enemies? The author's point of view is never clear, the parents are psychologically inept (it appears they resort to lying to "get rid" of the elephants), and Bertil is not especially appealing. Perhaps the book was better in the original Swedish.
Bizarre  Jan 14, 2004
There is often some difficulty when a book is translated, but this book is more strange than most. It's not that there is no plot exactly, it that the meager plot there is doesn't make any sense.

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