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The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont

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A smashing cumulative story which parents and babies can gleefully share as the elephant and the Bad Baby get up to one bad thing after another as they go rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta through the town on a spree of madness. Taking an ice-cream from the ice-cream stall, a bun from the baker, some crisps from the snack bar and a lollipop from the sweet shop without ever once saying ‘Please’ the pair are chased by a row of suitably irate shopkeepers before mending their ways and returning home to a comforting mum and a stack of pancakes. Total satisfaction all round.


The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont

One day, an Elephant offers a Bad Baby a ride through the town, and so begins a delicious adventure and a "rumpetting" chase. But when the Elephant realizes that the Bad Baby has forgotten his manners, the chase ends with a BUMP . . . and tea for everyone! A classic story all babies, toddlers and their parents will love, warmly and wittily illustrated by Raymond Briggs.

About the Author

Elfrida Vipont was born in Manchester in 1902. After studying history and music, she became a professional singer, free-lance writer and lecturer. In 1926 she married a research technologist, R. P. Foulds. During the Second World War she served as headmistress of the Quaker Evacuation School at Yealand Manor. She lived for many years in the north Lancashire village of Yealand Conyers.

She is the British author of nearly two dozen children’s novels, of which the best known are The Lark in the Morn (1948) and The Lark on the Wing (1950), both about a Quaker schoolgirl, Kit Haverard, who becomes a brilliant singer. The second volume won the CARNEGIE MEDAL. Several books for adults about the Quaker movement have appeared under her married name of E.V. Foulds. In 1969 she and Raymond Briggs produced a classic Picture Book for small children, The Elephant and the Bad Baby.

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Book Info

Publication date

9th December 1971


Elfrida Vipont

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Penguin Books Ltd


32 pages


Picture books
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)



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