Show the book cover to the class without reading the title. Ask children to guess who has the hiccups. How do they know? (The word HICCUPS is coming from the elephant; animals surrounding the elephant are smiling while the elephant looks dismayed.) Point out the speech balloon. Tell children to look for it as they read the book.
Ask children to comment on the book. What did they like best about it? Have children point out the parts that made the book fun to read. Then ask: Were you surprised by the ending? What were you expecting to happen?