My sister and I have very vague recollections of this chapter book, read in the 90’s - the companion creature was either a flying elephant or elephant-like, spoke very fast (dialogue may have been written without punctuation or spacing), and had a strange name.

Not much to go on, I know!

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The speaking very fast (with no spaces or punctuation) was what tripped my mind. The creature is a "bunjee", a mammoth-like creature with suction-cup feet, and could inflate its trunk to fly.

The creature doesn't time travel on its own, but the protagonists travel back in time to rescue their father from a prehistoric era. I don't recall if the bunjee comes back to the present with them or not though.

The book is called "The Bunjee Venture" by Stan McMurtry.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/412535.The_Bunjee_Venture

Edited to add:
I found the name of the book by searching for "childrens novel Bunjee", since I recognised the description of a flying elephant-like creature who spoke fast (with no punctuation or spaces)


Could it possibly be Clifford Simak's Time is the Simplest Thing? The hero has paranormal powers, and belongs to an organisation that can project the human mind to other star systems. He encounters a "pinkness" which can help him travel through time, and is able to save others like himself from a pogrom.

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