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Hello. My name's David.

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No, I'm David. That's not David, that's Eli.

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Tonight's bedtime story is about a very big,

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very blue and slightly annoying visitor.

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It's called The Slightly Annoying Elephant,

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and the pictures are by Tony Ross.

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And who wrote the story?

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No, not Eli, me!

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Let's begin.

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One day, there was a loud knock on the door.

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Sam ran down the stairs to open it.

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Was it his mum, back from the shops?

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Was it a friend? Was it the postman?

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No. It was an elephant.

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A great, big, gigantic, ginormous elephant!

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"Hello, Sam," he boomed.

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"How do you know my name?" said Sam.

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"You adopted me. Don't you remember?"

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"Well, I filled in an adopt-an-elephant form

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"at the zoo, b-b-b-but..." spluttered Sam.

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The last thing he was expecting

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was the elephant to actually turn up on his doorstep.

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"How did you get here all the way from Africa?" asked Sam.

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"On a plane, of course. Silly boy!

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"The airline was very rude.

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"They made me buy two seats.

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"Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to take a bath,"

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announced the elephant.

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He pushed past Sam and made his way upstairs to the bathroom,

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knocking all the pictures off the walls as he went.

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Because the elephant was so big,

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all the water from the bath flooded the bathroom floor.

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What's more, he used all the soap and all the towels.

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Instead of hanging the towels up afterwards,

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he left them strewn across the floor.

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"I am hungry," demanded the elephant.

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"What do elephants eat?" asked Sam.

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"Food. Silly boy!"

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Sam sped into the kitchen and rummaged through the fridge

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and all of the cupboards.

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He poured all the food in the house into a massive pot

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and gave it a stir.

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"Quickly, please," called the elephant from the living room.

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As fast as he could, Sam raced into the living room,

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where the elephant was sitting on Dad's armchair.

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Without a word, the elephant dunked his trunk in the pot

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and slurped up all the food in one go.

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SLURP!

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"Ah! Now I've had my starter, what's the main course?" he asked.

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Later, it was time for Sam's favourite cartoon

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to come on the television.

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The elephant was snoring loudly.

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SNORING

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And there was a boring show about antiques on.

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So Sam prised the remote control out of the elephant's foot

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and changed channels.

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All of a sudden, the elephant woke up!

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"I was watching that!" he boomed.

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"You were asleep," protested Sam.

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"I was not! I love shows about antiques!"

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"Oh. Sorry.

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"Do you collect antiques yourself?" asked Sam.

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SMASH!

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"Of course not! I'm an elephant!

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"Silly boy!"

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When the boring antique show had finally finished,

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the elephant declared, "I need to take some exercise!"

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"Exercise?" asked Sam.

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"Yes. I need to lose a few pounds.

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"Do you have a bicycle?"

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"Yes, b-b-b-b-but..." spluttered Sam.

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"But what?" demanded the elephant.

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"Well...it's quite small

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"and being an elephant, you might break it."

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"How dare you?!" boomed the elephant.

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"Now, where is it?"

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So Sam wheeled his brand-new bike out of the garage.

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"Please be careful," he pleaded.

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"I know my way around a bicycle," the elephant said.

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"Last year, I won the Tour de France."

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The elephant climbed onto the bike and as soon as he sat on it,

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he flattened it.

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"That bicycle was falling to bits! Silly boy!

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"After all that exercise, I need a nap," said the elephant.

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Then he fell asleep in Sam's bed.

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LOUD SNORING

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Knock-knock-knock!

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It was the door! Who could it be?

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Was it his mum, back from the shops?

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Sam hurtled down the stairs to greet her.

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But when he opened the door,

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he couldn't have been more surprised to see a massive herd of elephants!

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"Our friend invited us to stay," said the one with the longest trunk.

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There were elephants in the kitchen, elephants on the stairs,

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even elephants in the downstairs loo!

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Meanwhile, Sam rummaged around in his bedroom

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for the adopt-an-elephant form.

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When he finally found it, he realised something.

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He should have read the small print.

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"This certifies that Sam has successfully adopted an elephant.

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"Congratulations!

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"I hereby consent to said elephant coming to live in my house

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"and inviting all his elephant friends to stay."

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"Silly boy!"

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TRUMPETING

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So there you have it.

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Sometimes, you get more than you bargained for.

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TRUMPET!

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See what I mean?

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I'll be back to read you another bedtime story soon.

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But for now, goodnight.

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David Walliams reads a bedtime story about an unexpected visitor who is big, blue and ever so slightly annoying.


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