The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth by Hollie Hughes & Leigh Hodgkinson (Bloomsbury Publishing)

This book cover jumped out at us while flicking through the H picture book box at the library. I have a soft spot for mammoths and I couldn’t go past the bright colours, the great big green mammoth eyes, the word ‘Mahoosive‘ (try and say it, it’s so cool!!), the different typefaces and pictures of food. I knew this was going to be a fun read.

Colourful patterns on the endpapers.

Mr 6 loved reading this book, he found the changing fonts amusing and was entranced by the illustrations. We read it together in turns. He read the famishing vanishing part because I kept on getting it wrong!

In this story, the mammoth is so hungry he feels like he is vanishing. His friend, the bug, pulls out a banana which he thankfully accepts. However, as they journey along, the mammoth gets hungrier and hungrier. The two friends find lots of food and not-food things to gobble up but what the mammoth really needs is a distraction. As you turn the pages, mammoth becomes more and more transparent. This is very nicely portrayed in the illustrations.

In the end, thanks to his best friend the bug, they do find the perfect distraction and mammoth forgets all about food. A nice message enclosed in these colourful pages that if you can’t break out of some niggling habit, find a distraction or do something different. 

This is a fun read with rhyming text and the funny scenarios will have kids giggling. The illustrations are bright and bursting with energy just like the book cover. All the characters look adorable and there are many details to look at on every page. This book was particularly apt for us at this time because Mr 6’s class is learning poetry this term and he was interested in the rhyming words.

🗨Do you have a favourite mammoth book? Share in the comments below if you do!🗨

TRY THIS WORD SEARCH WITH WORDS FROM THE BOOK.

INSTRUCTIONS: When you find a word, click on the first letter, then slide over to the last letter, and click again! Find all the words!!


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Suggested age: Read aloud to 3+. Read by self 5+. Recommended for an intermediate reader.

Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016.

If you would like this book for your bookshelf, check out your local bookshops, because bookshops are amazing places and should be supported to keep them open! However, the convenience of clicking from your comfy sofa is sometimes a necessity. In that case, Booktopia or Amazon it!

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