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Tweak Tweak Hardcover – May 23 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618998519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618998517
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Young children will enjoy following Little Elephant’s fantasies....Along with the imaginative silliness, the nurturing parent-child tenderness is the core of the story."—Booklist
"The pairing of Bunting’s traditional text, powered by an elegant repeating structure, with Ruzzier’s offbeat art is unexpectedly fabulous."—Horn Book Magazine, starred review

About the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Sergio Ruzzier has illustrated a number of picture books, some of which he also wrote. Italian by birth, he lives in Brooklyn. Visit him at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good little elephant book Oct. 20 2011
By Madigan McGillicuddy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A sweet little adventure story about a baby elephant and her mother who spend the day taking a stroll. Sergio Ruzzier's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations which have verged on the melancholy or surreal in earlier offerings such as Amandina and Hey, Rabbit!, are simply charming here.

Little Elephant holds onto Mama's tail (the elephant version of holding hands) and is encouraged to tweak her mother's tail when she has a question. Passing by a jumping frog, a climbing monkey, a swimming crocodile and more, Little Elephant asks her mother if she can do what the other animals are doing. I loved the imaginative two-page spreads as Little Elephant pictures herself leaping, flying and singing, and Mama Elephant gently reminds her of more elephantine alternatives: spraying herself with water from her trunk, scratching against a tree, and so on. There's a comforting cadence to the repeating refrain "Did that feel good my little elephant? Very good, Mama. And on they went."

I loved Little Elephant's furrowed brow of determination as she tries out stomping her feet, and the serene smile she wears when she remembers the way home and leads Mama Elephant behind her. This cozy read is just right for preschoolers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A must have for your storybook collection! Jan. 14 2012
By Deborah Sandford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The charming pen and ink illustrations of this book will tickle you pink, or blue! Bunting's story is sweet and funny and definitely gets the laughs in story time, especially from the moms. "Hold on to my tail, Little Elephant. If you want to ask me a question, tweak twice." As Mama and Little Elephant go for a walk, Little Elephant has many questions. "Mama? What is that?" "That is a frog." What is he doing? " "He's jumping." "Can I jump?" And for each tweak and question, Mama answers her little one on what it is little elephants can and can't do. This is such a sweet and humorous book, highly recommended for home or public library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Little Elephant, Big Elephant Sept. 13 2011
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When Little Elephant and Mama Elephant take a walk, Little Elephant asks all sorts of questions about the other animals that they see. Curious Little Elephant learns all kinds of things about the other animals in his habitat, while also learning what it means to be an elephant. Children ages 2-5 will enjoy this warm and loving picture book about motherhood and growing up.
This is a delightful tale that little children will love! "Tweak, tweak!" Jan. 22 2012
By Deb - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Little Elephant was going out for a walk and her Mama told her to hold on tightly to her tail. If Little Elephant had any questions, she was instructed to "tweak twice" on her Mama's tail. Tweak, tweak! There were a lot of questions a little elephant needed to ask. One of the first things she saw was a frog who was jumping up out of his pond. Tweak, tweak! "Mama? What is that? Little Elephant wanted to know all about that frog and wanted to know if she could jump too. No, but Mama Elephant showed her that she could do a bit of stomping like other elephants did.

It wasn't very long before Little Elephant tweak, tweaked Mama's tail again. This time she spotted a little, smiling monkey high up in an acacia tree. "Mama? What is that?" There would be a lot of tweak, tweaking that day and many questions, but Mama would answer them all. Soon Little Elephant would learn about crocodiles, butterflies, and songbirds, but most of all she would learn about what little elephants could do. Tweak, tweak! Was it more fun to be an elephant?

This is a delightful tale that little children will love. Every little one is full of questions about the world around them and Little Elephant is just like them. I loved the way Little Elephant learned about the world around him by tweak, tweaking his Mama's tail and asking questions. The elephant artwork is adorable and perfectly captures Little Elephant's innocent curiosity. If you have a curious little one who is always asking questions, he or she will get a case of the giggles reading about the curious Little Elephant!
Cute book! Dec 26 2012
By catspastic - Published on
Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
My three year old son loves this book. We borrowed it from the library one day and he insisted we read it over and over! He then began paging through it and reciting the story to himself. It is a cute story of a mama elephant indulging all of her baby elephant's curiosities as they walk through the jungle. Baby elephant wants to know if she is able to do all the thing the other animals are able to do. Mama elephant says no, but always gives her an alternative. So, no, baby elephant can't fly, but she can flap her ears back and forth like butterfly wings. It ends with mama elephant giving her baby an encouraging speech about how she'll grow up beautiful and strong and allows her to lead them home. I would highly recommend this book!