Rohmann has tried a new palette, and his woodcut-style outlines really work with this content. This book has great rhythm, and poetic usage that makes it a great read-aloud choice. The rhythm reminds me of other great books that forego rhyme, but have a distinct cadence (Owl Babies by Waddell & Benson comes to mind). The repeated chorus also reminded me of Charlotte Pomerantz & James Marshall's Piggy in the Puddle (even though this one rhymes). The prosody choices for reading the two-word 'oh no' will be a favorite read-aloud moment. Standard cumulative tale, not far off from The Mitten or Gingerbread Boy. A bit disappointed that the big strong elephant got to play the deus ex machina.