Caramel always enjoyed reading the Elephant and Piggie books of Mo Willems, and so he was very excited when he saw the book series Elephant and Piggie Like Reading. Below he shares his thoughts on the first book he read from the series: The Cookie Fiasco, by Dan Santat. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Tell me about this book Caramel.
Caramel: This book is about four friends who love cookies, and they have some chocolate chip cookies, but there are only three cookies, and they want to share equally.
S: Who are the four friends?
C: Hippo, Croc, and two squirrels. The hippo is pink and purple, the croc is green, and the squirrels are orange and blue. The book is very colorful. And at the very end there is a cow who joins them.
S: What does this have to do with Elephant and Piggie?
C: They’re reading the book with us. So we see them only at the beginning and at the end of the book. But they are as funny as usual!
S: I agree! And the book actually feels quite similar to the Elephant and Piggie books, right? The back cover and the binding even have the same color scheme and design style… So it’s pretty familiar to someone like you who read so many of the Elephant and Piggie books, right?
S: So how do the four friends resolve the problem?
C: The hippo breaks the cookies in half and then in smaller pieces. Till the three cookies become twelve cookie pieces. And then each friend can get three pieces. That’s fair!
S: Our family could use this trick too, right? If we wanted to share three cookies among the four of us bunnies, then we could split each cookie into four and then each of us could take one piece from each cookie.
C: Yeah! Then we could all eat yummy cookies!
S: Yes! Looking at the book again, is there a character you liked more than others?
C: I liked the crocodile most.
S: Why is that?
C: Because I really like his answer when the others try to get him to give up his share:
-I heard crocodiles do not like cookies.
-Maybe YOU should not get a cookie!
-Huh?! I eat cookies! I love cookies! I could eat a whole plate right now!
And he’s looking really worried on that page. He’s funny!
S: Yes he is! The whole book is quite fun to read. Do you like reading it with me or do you like to read it alone?
C: It’s always more fun to read with somebody else.
S: Yes! I enjoy reading it with you too. We can make funny voices when we do that, right?
C: Yep! But in the end I always agree with Gerald the Elephant. This book makes me hungry and thirsty! Especially for chocolate chip cookies and some milk!
S: Yes, some cookies and milk would be nice. Maybe this is a good time to end this review. Or we will get hungrier and hungrier.
C: I WANT TO EAT COOKIES NOW!!!
S: Ok, let’s see what we have in the kitchen…