A PIECE OF CAKE
by Jill Murphy - Walker Books, 2006
ages 2 to 8 years / funny
Who can resist a book about a dieting elephant!
Poor Mrs Large - somehow she has the idea that she is fat and puts the whole family on a diet. And we all know that is just how it works.
The family suffer badly - no TV - no crisps!
When a cake arrives from Granny, Mrs Large puts it up high in cupboard: "Just in case we have visitors" But it is all too much for the family. No-one can stop thinking about the cake. Finally, Mrs Large gives in and during the middle of the night decides she must have a piece of cake - only to discover there is just one piece left. The family catch her in the act and she eats the last piece because as one of the children tells her:
"I do think elephants are meant to be fat."
This is such a happy elephant family going through what many a happy human family has been through. Many a child (and father) will be able to relate to being put on a strict diet because Mum decides she is fat, even when no-one else in the family can see it. Mrs Large has a very expressive face - we can tell just what she is thinking.