This children's picture book is about a young boy and his parents. His parents make the boy laugh; Mum is crazy about spots - spotty clothes, spotty wallpaper, spotty games like dominoes; Dad loves stripes - stripy suits and stripey ties, stripy humbug sweets. They think he is funny as well, in his grey patternless clothes. When they go to the safari park, Mum goes wild about the big cats, while Dad enthuses over the zebras. On the last page of the book the boy finds his favourite animal too - the elephant. Each page of the book contains a clue to the nature of the little boy's obsession - from a pink elephant toothbrush holder in the bathroom to a bun in the cafe. Nick Sharratt provided the illustrations for the award-winning novel "Tracy Beaker".