Caramel has already reviewed The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat and The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham, two of a new series titled Elephant and Piggie Like Reading. This week he shares his thoughts on a third book in this series, Harold and Hog :Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions when needed.
Sprinkles: Caramel, what did you think about this book?
Caramel: I thought it was awesome! There are two friends, an elephant and a pig, and they are trying to pretend to be Elephant and Piggie. You know who those are of course?
S: Yes, those are the main characters of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series. And you love that series, don’t you?
S: And it seems this new elephant, his name is Harold, and his friend Hog, also like our Elephant and Piggie. So they try to be like them.
C: Yes, they pretend to be like them. First Harold tries to be Gerald, That is Elephant’s name. And Hog tries to be Piggie.
S: And does it work?
C: No! They’re are not really very good at it. They are not exactly the same.
S: They have different personalities, right? Harold is not as careful as Gerald and Hog is not as carefree as Piggie. So…
C: So they decide that Harold is going to be Piggie and Hog is going to be Gerald!
S: That is a perfect solution, right? They can still pretend to be best friends!
C: And they ARE best friends!
C: And even a pigeon shows up!
S: The Pigeon?
C: No. A pigeon. They even ask him if he wants to drive the bus!
S: That is really funny. Does this story remind you of any other stories Caramel?
C: Yes! Remember the one where Elephant and Piggie are in a book?
S: Yes, Mo Willems’ We Are In A Book! There are many interesting meta questions that one can consider reading that book. So this one too raises many questions. In the end Elephant and Piggie look quite puzzled. Why do you think they look that way?
C: I don’t really know.
S: It seems that they are surprised to see two friends so much like themselves but also not like themselves. And these two friends know of them.
C: Like they must be famous or something.
S: Yes, kind of. And then in the end they decide to pretend to be Harold and Hog! Quite a neat full circle!
C: Yes! This is a fun book to read! I like reading it out loud on my own. But it is more fun to read with you. Shall we read it again together?
S: Yes. Let’s. This is a nice place to end our review, too.
C: Yes. Good bye! Stay tuned for more reviews from the Book Bunnies!