Pete & Pickles

Pete Pickles Pete is a perfectly predictable practical uncomplicated pig At least he was before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life needing a friend Pickles is larger than life and

  • Title: Pete & Pickles
  • Author: Berkeley Breathed
  • ISBN: 9780399250828
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig At least, he was before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls Sort of And sledding down the Matterhorn Sort of Pete goes along for the wild ride anPete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig At least, he was before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls Sort of And sledding down the Matterhorn Sort of Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself until Pickles goes too far And Pete tells her she must leave Yet sometimes the simple life isn t all it s cracked up to be.Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed offers two new irresistible characters and a heartfelt, hilarious look at the rarity of true friendship.

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    1. Because he's lonely, Dad. But he doesn't know it."I think that's true of a great many people.I read this to my daughters the night before last. We review maybe a third of the books we read together. I always try to make time to review the ones I really love.The pictures in this are stunning. Surreal; dream-like. I felt like I was reading a children's book by a Salvador Dali, George Orwell, Roald Dahl, Bill Watterson, Banksy, and I don't know all my favorites.I couldn't catch all the influences [...]

    2. One of my favorite picture books, Pete and Pickles is a story of friendship and appreciating the differences our friends bring to our lives. I love that the idea grew from a sketch by Berkeley Breathed's daughter who, when asked why the elephant is holding the pig in the sketch, said "The pig's sad." "Why?" "Because he's lonely, DadBut he doesn't know it."While some may feel there's too much 'dark' in the book to make it appropriate for children, I"m one who believes our children are capable of [...]

    3. Something about this book is just beyond beautiful. All about noticing what someone else needs and stepping up to provide it. But also not serious at all - silly, delightful, full of joy. Quickly moved to the top of my favourite picture book pile! This book created by Berkeley Breathed has many themes I like to address through picture books: courage, friendship, and diversity. But it is also about love. It celebrates love in the happiest and most joyful of ways. But it doesn't scrimp on the real [...]

    4. Fantastic - and yes, I did read it to my childrenPete & Pickles is the story of a lonely, widower pig and an exuberant, outgoing elephant that escaped from a circus. According to the back flap, it was inspired from a drawing that Breathed's five-year old made in a restaurant. She drew an elephant hugging a pig in its trunk. Breathed asked why the elephant is holding the pig."The pig's sad." "Why?" "Because he's lonely, DadBut he doesn't know it," she whispered.Pete is indeed lonely. He misse [...]

    5. So many great little things tucked into the pages for the grown-up readers! I love the messages in this book about compassion and difference and breaking out of one's comfort zone.

    6. Pete has the same routine day in and day out, but Pickles comes along and helps Pete break free from his daily routines.The pictures in Pete & Pickles involves a couple different forms of art to help bring across how Pete is feeling. One type of art found in the book is a very old fashion form of cartoon, where it is almost all black and white, except for a small flash of color. The other type of art is very colorful and animated pictures and are completely fantasy, but the pictures almost s [...]

    7. Pete, a "perfectly practical pig" saves Pickles, the boisterous elephant, from the circus. Pickles and Pete strike up a joyful friendship until Pete simply can't handle the chaos that Pickles brings into his life. After a very scary flood, Pete realizes that his friend truly makes life worth living. There is so much to love about this book. The illustrations are an important part of this complex story. Early in the book, we see that Pete has several well know paintings hanging on his wall. Breat [...]

    8. This book came out after "Mars Needs Moms!", and it seems Breathed clearly improved his computer illustration skills between books. Gone were the overly muddy tones and blurry edges. There was a competent crispness to the art in this book, and a brightness to the colors that was celebratory. It matched the tone of the story. One thing I enjoy about Breathed's stories is that he doesn't shy away from death, but he introduces it in a non-threatening manner. The story opens with Pete vacuuming his [...]

    9. When Pete, a pig, rescues Pickles, an elephant, from the circus, his life becomes a lot more complicated.And a whole lot more wonderful!

    10. This is an entertaining, but very odd tale about friendship and companionship, grief and healing. The narrative is fairly short and still appropriate for younger children. The illustrations are marvelous and really reminded me of Berkeley Breathed's genius in his Bloom County series. Overall, we loved the relationship between Pete and Pickles and we loved the art references. There are so many details that I picked up the second time I read this book that I missed on the first go-around. We reall [...]

    11. I've long loved Berke Breathed's Bloom County comic strip, though I missed the Outland boat. I didn't know he wrote picture books in the early 2000s, and I'm glad I found that out. This is a powerful story about change and finding friendship and love after tragedy. It's a quintessential crazy-girl-stirs-up-the-proper-wounded-man story, but the conventionality serves all the more to contrast the twists of plot and character that Breathed concocts. Ponderous illustrations--symbolically strong colo [...]

    12. This is a simpler story than many of Berkeley Breathed's other books and better suited for young children. The illustrations are beautiful, and his always are. But the most impressive thing about the illustrations is that the story idea AND the two main characters came from Breathed's 5 year old daughter. Don't miss reading the back, inside cover flap and looking at the illustrations for the touching source of this book. His daughter has clearly inherited or learned her father's story telling ab [...]

    13. I loved this book! The friendship of two unlikely friends, Pete and Pickles, would be great to introduce how two different people can still be friends. Because this book uses a lot of alliteration and colons,it would be great for a grammar or voice lesson. This book has a great story of friendship and wonderful illustrations! After reading this story, teachers could use this story for a creative journal prompt also.

    14. There is no substitute for true friendship and a great imagination. Students will be able to make an instant connection with the text as friends always use their imagination while playing to transport themselves into another time or world. A wonderful conversation may root from the reading of this book regarding friendship development from interacting with someone.

    15. Pete & Pickles - Berkeley Breathed It's marvelous, but the pig-and-elephant friend territory sort of seems like Mo Willem's. Love the dust jacket showing the daughter's original sketch.Moral: Even elephants can be manic pixies! Library copy 

    16. Read for CYRM picture book award. I must say that I found parts of this book rather confusing. Kids had trouble getting the references to Pickles' imaginary journeys. And some were confused whether the pair died in the end. Funny illustrations, sweet friendship, but rather odd in places.

    17. Quirky, humorous and endearing. A pig and a runaway circus elephant become unlikely friends. Unusually fun illustrations (integral to the story, which many titles seem to be moving away from).

    18. FantasyThis book was soooo cute and caught me off guard many times! Pete is a very proper pig while Pickles is quirky and loud. The two opposite characters find friendship in a very unexpected way that will surprise readers the minute they get to the page. The special thing about this book is the message of friendship that it tells. This would be a great read-a-loud for younger grades in need of a reminder of friendships but would be a good independent read for older grades. Some of the words ar [...]

    19. Beautiful, sad, amazingI just loved this story. Everyone should read this little book. The friendship tale is one we've heard before, but here, with the authors subtle take on loneliness and the dark way the story comes about, this friendship tale blossoms into something fresh and I just adored it. The artwork is gorgeous and the story is perfect and I want to recommend it to everyone and I want to re-read Opus now too and ugh. 5 stars.

    20. This book is FA BU LOUS! So many lessons can be gleaned from it from animals in captivity to art, I need this story in my classroom. After reading its heart-pounding highs and lows, I read the story’s origin and fell in love all over again!

    21. I don't know why I enjoyed this story so much, but it was a great story about Pete, a pig, and Pickles, a elephant. Who ended up saving each other in so many different ways.I LOVED the illustrations too! Kind of dark. And clay like.

    22. Definitely a longer read aloud with kids but they really enjoyed it! I'Jynae picked this for her birthday read-aloud :)

    23. It was interesting how dark the illustrations started and started to get much brighter as the book went on.

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