I guess the one positive is that he does not say “Now for some fun!”
They head into India! There are crocodiles and rhinos and parrots, which makes me wonder what happened to all those pet parrots they acquired in Japan.
I am not entire sure that’s how that works.
Not nearly narrow enough, I’m sure we are all thinking...
Harold’s...uh...got some stuff going on, I think.
If this was the X-Files, this would be the moment Ione became immortal. Please make a note of it, all you people writing Wonderful Electric Elephant fan-fic.
I can only assume she knows this because she has been taxiderming the parrots.
We are nearly done. God help us all.
They reach the palace and the elephant is treated like royalty, bathed, given treats, and covered in jewels.
This book is killing my soul.
Let no one say this man is not committed to his sightseeing. And also a goddamn sociopath.
This chapter is self-explanatory. A terrible storm hits. Everyone is running around the palace, but Harold and Ione get out and hustle the Prince and Princess (they will never get names) into the pink elephant.
They’re having a picnic in the middle of nowhere and the elephant suddenly runs off. They chase it in a panic, when it falls in quicksand and slows down. They manage to wrangle it loose.
They wash off the elephant and change the color back to gray, then walk up Mount Everest.
That’s the whole chapter.
On top of Everest, they unfurl the American and Siamese flags. Despite the narrator mentioning it’s hard to breathe, no one seems to have any difficulty.
The Prince accidentally hits a button and a door opens and a book falls out, containing instructions on running the flying machine.
If you can picture this, you’re doing better than I am.
They vow to make a stock of condensed food and water—the old man left a recipe—and sail the cosmos together in their metal murderphant.
WHERE DID THE GODDAMN BUNKS COME FROM?!
Yes, there is a sequel.
Again, these are some of the earliest children’s science fiction, and I suspect that might explain a few things.