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The Slightly Annoying Elephant: A funny illustrated children’s picture book from number-one bestselling author David Walliams!

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Poor Sam becomes overwhelmed by the large, hungry, antique-loving, cycling-enthusiast elephant, who has swindled his way into his home via a dodgy animal adoption contract. What Sam really needs is some kind sole to provide legal guidance like the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. The action spirals into 40 minutes of increasing misery for Sam. Additionally, while the humor had its moments, there were times when it felt forced and repetitive, which dampened my overall enjoyment of the book. I also felt that the resolution of the story was somewhat rushed and could have been more developed to provide a more satisfying conclusion. From Chicago, 'a revolving line-up of internationally renowned circus artists combine to showcase their most personal and prized acts, complimented by stunning live music' in Aloft Presents Sanctuary at Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows.

Irreverant and charming, this is a hilarious and surprisingly touching story about secrets, love and life.The Slightly Annoying Elephant is playing at the Gilded Balloon Teviot Debating Hall until the 27th of August. Sign up to The World of David Walliams today and we’ll ensure you’re the first to hear the latest Walliams news, including upcoming events, special offers and school discounts. From classic close-up to parlour prestidigitation, Tim Licata brings his brand of delightful deception to the Scottish Arts Club' in Close-Up and Personal. Meanwhile, at PBH's Free Fringe, magician and comedian Chris Cook Asked a Robot to Write Him a Five-Star Show and This Is What It Said.

Not ALL elephants are Slightly Annoying! Read these 10 fun facts to find out why elephants are AMAZING!In Rules Schmules – How To Be Jew-ish at Hill Street Theatre, Suzie Depreli delivers 'one woman's passive aggressive mission to educate the world about what it means to have an orthodox family that ate sausages, an Asian Catholic husband that uses more Yiddish words than her Nana, and celebrate Passover without believing in God'. Meanwhile, Endless Sunset Oblivion at Just the Tonic'tells the story of Reuben –a young songwriter attempting to combat the accelerated problems the world is facing'.

The Slightly Annoying Elephant has been adapted for stage by London's award-winning puppeteers, Little Angel Theatre from the David Walliams book of the same name, illustrated by Tony Ross. The elephant arrives unexpectedly on protagonist Sam’s doorstep creating mayhem in its wake. On the positive side, the book does touch upon themes of friendship and loyalty, and it encourages readers to embrace unexpected adventures and appreciate the value of different perspectives. It also has a positive message about accepting others, even if they may be slightly annoying at times. It isn’t just the elephant’s shape and size, though. His character is fairly hard to stomach too. Puppeteer Elaine Hartley plays the elephant with grumpy gusto but he’s a horrible bully with a horrible catchphrase, boomed out in a horrible voice (“Silly boooooy!”). That leaves the kids with very little to latch on to. Heidi Goldsmith is perfectly likable as Sam, particularly when she sings Tom Gray’s catchy new songs, but her performance feels a little forced. In fact, there’s something about Samantha Lane’s production that feels a little overblown. It’s too loud, too bright and too brash – especially for a theatre where subtle detail and gentle charm tend to work so well.The illustrations show an elephant doing some very unusual things (e.g. taking a bath, flying on a plane). Can you create your own unusual pictures of animals? It’s rare that an illustrated book is brought so vividly to the stage… For little ones who may be overwhelmed by the noise and villains of a pantomime, this is a fantastical introduction to theatre.”– Quays Life Elephants migrate to find water- they travel long distances one behind the other over paths that are ingrained in their memories, regardless of whether things like roads have been built there

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