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Pete & Pickles Hardcover – October 16, 2008
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Both adventures and illustrations flirt with the surreal...a comically silly, warmly affirmative package. --Kirkus Reviews
This heartwarming tale is packed with adventure, imagination, and the all-important message of accepting differences. --School Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
Breathed asked why the elephant is holding the pig.
"The pig's sad."
"Because he's lonely, Dad...But he doesn't know it," she whispered.
Pete is indeed lonely. He misses his wife who has died. Pickles comes into his life unexpectedly and turns it all over and, in a way, saves it. Or, at least makes it worth living.
I cannot imagine the adult that does not tear up at the end of this book (I've got no qualms with it - this 40 year old Republican darn near cried!).
On top of a great story you've got great pictures. The art is top-notch. Careful observation will show you that Breathed previews most of the book with the art on the walls of Pete's house. It's something fun to go back and look at with the kids.
As for those that claim that this is inappropriate for kids, I say, "Phhphhtt!" (to quote Opus, Breathed's beloved Penguin character.) I talked to my children all the way through the book as we read it. I talked about how Pete misses his wife like their Grandpa misses their Grandma who has passed on. Is it sad? Sure it is, but life's full of sadness. This book deals with it and shows you can move on. I talked about how Pete gets angry when Pickles messes with his wife's things, I talked about how they were still friends and how he is much happier at the end than he was at the beginning. Guess what? I talk with my kids when we watch TV, too. That's part of the job of being a parent.
I found this one at the library and it is suddenly one of my favorite books. Now I have to add it to my wish list because I don't want to give it back!
Highly recommended for all ages.
I'm buying another one, as well as sterling silver beads of a pig and an elephant, as a Christmas gift for a grandchild.
Other reviewers imply that this story is not for children and to them I say that I have no idea what they are talking about. These are undoubtedly the same people who think that the beginning of Bambi and elements of Big Hero 6 are too much for small children. Ultimately the story is not at all sad, but rather uplifting and enlightening. Highly recommend to all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is wonderful! The illustrations are beautiful and Breathed tells a wonderful story! Great for all ages.Published 25 days ago by A. Walter
This is my most favorite storybook, I have bought it for all of my nieces and nephews and recently purchased another one for new soon to be born nephew. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jessica Jernigan
I buy this book for every birthday or baby shower. A touching story about friendship and love. My favorite book by far!!Published 1 month ago by Gatsby Gal
The sweetness of second love comes through in this book, as well as the charm of opposites attracting. This book shows best friends being themselves, loyal and heroic. Love it!Published 1 month ago by M. Heiss
Teachers, use as a read aloud! Kids love it and there are many standards to be taught from this engaging book including love, compassion, acceptance and being comfortable being... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennifer
Whimsical, fun and touching, I love reading this to my daughter. (I also love the nod to Edward Hopper in one scene.)Published 4 months ago by W. Sligh
Love Berkeley Breathed stories and art - some of the details he puts in the background are entertaining.Published 5 months ago by Brenda4Lace
Our favorite. It is our go to gift for baby showers and all kids presents. My 9 year old boys still love it.Published 6 months ago by Patricia Renfro