Another remarkable example of Mayakovsky’s metatextual perspective is the doublespread that introduces a family of elephants. The text blurs the line between fiction and reality: “As if alive / in our book / [are] father elephant / mother elephant / and baby elephants." Mayakovsky’s play with sounds, exemplified here with “slon, slonikha i slonishki” and at another point with “lama doch’ i lama mama (llama daughter and llama mama),” accommodate an audience of children.
"In front on his snout / is a tail / by the name of: / trunk." This defamiliarizing description comically reverses the position of front and back, face and tail, thereby making strange the elephantine anatomy, which was, no doubt, already familiar to children.