The Thingamabob (Hardcover)

By Il Sung Na

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375861062, 24pp.

Publication Date: March 9, 2010

List Price: 15.99*
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One day, he found the thingamabob.
He had no idea what it was or where it came from. . . .
So begins the story of a curious elephant and a mysterious red object. But what is it? When none of his friends can tell him, the little elephant decides to experiment. He thinks: Maybe I can fly with it? (Maybe not.) Maybe I can sail in it? (Maybe not.) Maybe I can hide behind it? (Maybe not.) Nothing seems to work, until big drops of rain begin to fall. The little elephant does not want to get wet. Luckily, with the thingamabob (an umbrella), he does not need to get wet
With bright, adorable illustrations and a simple, playful text, Il Sung Na captures the excitement of making and sharing an unexpected discovery.

About the Author

Originally from Korea, Il Sung Na studied illustration at Kingston University and now lives in London, where it always rains and where he always carries a thingamabob. To learn more about him and his work, please visit