Last week Caramel reviewed The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat, from Mo Willems’ series Elephant and Piggie Like Reading. Below he shares his thoughts on the second book he read from the series: The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So what do you want to tell us about this book Caramel?
Caramel: It’s an awesome book! The book is about a group of dinosaurs who all have an itch to scratch, except one. But they can’t scratch their itches.
S: Why not?
C: There’s a sign that says “Dinosaurs do not scratch”.
S: And so they want to follow the rules and don’t scratch themselves, right?
C: Yes, until the end. But I won’t tell you what happens in the end. Can I instead tell you about which dinosaurs are in the book?
S: Yes Caramel. That would be neat.
S: That is a lot of different dinosaur types. How come you know them all?
C: I like dinosaurs. And I know all about the first four. And one of my friends knows a lot about the pachycephalosaurus.
S: So which one is your favorite dinosaur then?
C: The pachycephalosaurus! It’s a plant eater. I also like triceratops and pterodactyls. I also like pteranodons, but there is no pteranodon in The Itchy Book.
S: That’s a good way to get back to the book we are talking about. So what else did you want to say about this book?
C: I loved the book! It is so funny! The twist in the end is cool and the characters themselves are all funny!
S: Ooo, so there’s a twist in the end, hmm?
C: Yup, but I won’t tell! Everybody should read it themselves!
S: I agree. Ok, so this was again an Elephant and Piggie Like Reading! book. Do they appear in the book again, like in The Cookie Fiasco?
C: Yes. They show up at the beginning of the story and also at the end. Like before. And Gerald gets very very itchy in the end.
S: Well, talking about itches and scratching itchy spots might make you itchy, no?
C: Yep, that’s exactly what happens to Gerald. But I didn’t feel itchy. I just felt like laughing.
S: That is good, isn’t it? This book reminded me of Shel Silverstein’s poem: The Unscratchable Itch. Do you know it?
S: Ok, then we should read it together:
There is a spot that you can’t scratchShel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic, Harper & Row, 1981.
Right between your shoulder blades,
Like an egg that just won’t hatch
Here you set and there it stays.
Turn and squirm and try to reach it,
Twist your neck and bend your back,
Hear your elbows creak and crack,
Stretch your fingers, now you bet it’s
Going to reach — no that won’t get it–
Hold your breath and stretch and pray,
Only just an inch away,
Worse than a sunbeam you can’t catch
Is that one spot that
You can’t scratch.
C: That is a funny poem!
S: It is, isn’t it? And a good place to end your review this time, right?
C: Yes, it’s just about time. Because now I’m itchy! Scratch scratch!