Ellie likes her bedtime books, especially stories about
animals. She likes it best of all when her big brother William reads
them to her, because he makes
wonderful animal noises.
William can make the sound sea
lions make when they challenge each other.
He can flap and spit like an angry swan, whinny like zebras jumping, and
croak like courting toads.
William blusters like polar bears swimming, he can ssSS like a snake when it’s
slithering, and beat his chest like a baboon does... when it’s in the mood.
He can even sing like the great blue whale.
Next morning, while she is cleaning her teeth, Ellie growls!
Ellie likes growling.
After breakfast she growls at the dog. The dog hides.
After lunch she growls at a little boy. The boy howls.
After tea she growls at a cow. The cow walks away.
At bath-time Ellie growls at William. William gets cross.
At bedtime she growls at the kitten. But the kitten... ...GROWLS back!
The kitten comes and nuzzles her and begins to purr. Ellie listens carefully,
then she tries to purr too, and William comes in... to read them both a story.
London, Frances Lincoln, 2001