Bumblebee Grumblebee

A fun, rhyming, whimsical board book which makes us laugh out loud – perfect book for under twos!

Sunday Star Times

Bumblebee Grumblebee

$16.99

A delightful board book for toddlers and adults to have fun experimenting with words to create funny new ones.

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 recognise 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.

Click here to see a video of author David Elliot reading the story to his granddaughter.

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  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 0-2 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. Youth Services Book Review

      Very cute illustrations anchor this board book that has a lot of fun with rhymes and animal names. Perfect for sharing with a toddler.

    2. Morris M, Netgalley

      An adorable book for the youngest of readers who are just beginning to experiment with language.

    3. Radio Southland – The Book Show

      A great selection of funny clever words and funny illustrations, it really just can’t fail

    4. Nura’s Little Library

      Will leave you and your little one giggling all the way to the end!

    5. Netgalley Reviewer

      My son loved it, we read it three times in one sitting.

    6. Swings & Roundabouts

      This delightful book is perfect for infants to pre-schoolers who will all enjoy the nonsense words alongside the mischievous ending. A great resource to encourage phonemic awareness.

    7. Scope for Imagination

      A wonderfully fun play on words, this beautifully illustrated board book is sure to be requested again and again.

    8. Red Reading Hub

      This is just the kind of book to encourage very young children to delight in hearing and creating language and adult sharers will have fun as they read it aloud be that at home or in an early years setting.

    9. School Library Journal, Twenty-One Board Books to Enchant and Inspire Young Children

      Finely illustrated with pairs of wildly original rhymes with animal names, like “buffalo, fluffalo,” are hilariously presented in wide-open spreads. A winner.

    10. Whanganui Chronicle

      A bit of light rhyming fun for before bed.

    11. Read more comics

      Delightful to read and enjoy with your child. I should know, mine won’t stop reading it.

    12. Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

      Bumblebee Grumblebee 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.

    13. The Best Kids’ Books of 2021, Reading Room

      A nonsense rhyme book perfect for reading to a squirmy toddler when they need a book to help them dream wonderful nonsense dreams.

    14. Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop, Sunday Star Times

      A fun, rhyming, whimsical board book which plays beautifully with words and pictures, makes us laugh out loud and brings us to an exuberant ending – perfect for under twos!

    15. Bob’s Books Blog

      This board book for pre school and juniors is a work of genius. Older children and adults will get as much enjoyment out of it as the youngsters. The ending is superb.


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