Caramel reviews The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Caramel often likes to reread books he used to read when he was a much younger bunny. Today he reviews one of his very old favorites: The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (aka Arnold Munk), with new art by Loren Long. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long.
Caramel reviews The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long.

Sprinkles: I haven’t seen you with that book for a while Caramel.

Caramel: True. I haven’t read it in a long time. But this is a good book if you like helping and trains.

S: And you do like both helping and trains! No wonder you like this book!

C: It is an awesome book. I love the pictures and the whole story!

S: So what is it about?

C: It’s about a train full of things for good boys and girls and it’s going over a mountain. But its engine breaks.

S: Oh, that is sad. Then what happens?

C: All the toys are very sad. They want to get to the good boys and girls and make them happy.

S: Then what happens?

C: A lot of trains pass by and they don’t help the train. Until this little blue engine comes along, and her name is really Little Blue Engine!

Caramel is reading The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long.
Caramel is reading The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long.

“I’m not very big,” said the Little Blue Engine. “They use me only for switching trains in the yard. I have never been over the mountain.”
“But we must get over the mountain before the children awake,” said all the dolls and the toys.
The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes. And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped.
Then she said, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” And she hitched herself to the little train.

S: Yes, this book is a classic, first published in 1930, and the part where she says “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” is really famous. Why do you think so Caramel?

C: Because it makes people want to help other people.

S: Yes, even though the Little Blue Engine is small and inexperienced, she decides to try and help. That is quite nice. And she can help because she thinks she can. So it’s also about …

C: … believing in yourself! And this is probably the eleventh time I read this book!

S: I think you and I together read this about that many times Caramel!

C: Hmm, I guess I must have read it a lot more times then.

S: Would you recommend it to other little bunnies and their big people?

C: Yes I would. It is a fun book to read with your big people. In our case it is you of course Sprinkles.

S: I know. I have always loved reading this book to you. I liked repeating “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”

C: “Puff Puff Chug Chug!” It sounds like the train chugging along.

S: Yes, it really does sound like a train, doesn’t it?

C: Yes! And I love trains! But this is all for this week! Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!

Caramel recommends The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long, to all little bunnies and their big people.
Caramel recommends The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper, with new art by Loren Long, to all little bunnies and their big people.

Caramel reviews The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey (Bad Guys #2)

Caramel continues to be very taken by the Bad Guys series of Aaron Blabey. Last week he reviewed the first book: Bad Guys. And today he is reviewing the second book in the series: The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions, as usual.

Caramel reviews The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey (Bad Guys #2).
Caramel reviews The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey (Bad Guys #2).

Sprinkles: So Caramel, how do you want to start this review today?

Caramel: If you like funny books, and if you like books with evil guinea pigs who are mad scientist billionaires, this might be the book for you!

S: Wow, Caramel, let us not give away so much all at once! Yes, this is a funny book. It follows the adventures of the same four “bad guys” from the first book, right?

C: Yep. There is one more new character though. Actually there are two new characters.

S: Tell me about the one who joins the team.

C: He is a tarantula named Legs. People think he is evil.

S: Just like the other four friends, right?

C: Yep, pretty much.

S: So then there is a wolf, a piranha, a snake, and a shark. and now a spider, and they all want to convince people that they are actually good.

C: Yes. They try to save the world.

S: Wait, that is not yet in this book!

C: Sorry, yes, in this book they try to save chickens. And they succeed.

S: What do you mean by “save chickens”?

C: They save them from an evil chicken farm. A very high-tech place. And that is why they need Legs.

Caramel is reading The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey.
Caramel is reading The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey.

S: So that sums up the story line. Let us talk a bit more about the book in general. So do you think this one is as funny as the first book?

C: Yes, it is even funnier in fact. I love these guys! They are so funny! In the next book …

S: We’re not going there yet Caramel! We can talk about the third book next time if you want. But for now, let us focus on this one…

C: Awww. That’s hard! And very unfortunate. I want to talk about all the books at the same time!

S: Well, this is your review of the second book. Can you tell us a bit more about why you like this book?

C: The book ends with something like a cliffhanger. There is a mysterious ninja, and a very evil guinea pig, and you want to know what will happen next.

S: You already read the next book, right?

C: Yes. Did you read the next book Sprinkles?

S: No, not yet. But I am curious.

C: The next book is awesome too! It’s even better than this one.

S: Ok, then, I guess I just have to read it, right?

C: Yes. And we just might need to review it too!

S: That sounds great!

C: Can I rate this book, like Marshmallow does all the time?

S: Sure.

C: Yay! I rate this book 99%!

S: Hmm, why is it not 100%?

C: Because the next book is even better!

S: I see! Ok, let us wrap things up.

C: Yes. Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!

Caramel rates The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey 99%.
Caramel rates The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable by Aaron Blabey 99%.

Caramel reviews Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

Caramel has recently been obsessed with the Bad Guys series of Aaron Blabey, and wanted his first review of the year to be a review of the first book: Bad Guys. As always Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.
Caramel reviews Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.

Sprinkles: Caramel, I’ve seen you really enjoying reading these Bad Guys books lately. Can you tell us a bit what they are about?

Caramel: They are about bad guys, bad animals who want to be good. Actually, only the wolf wants to be good, but the rest are not that interested.

S: So let me see. There is a wolf, and he is always the bad guy in fairy tales and such, and he wants to change his image. And the other animals… who are the other bad guys?

C: There is a shark, there is a piranha, and some people think he is a sardine, even a vampire sardine!

S: Well, the piranha does have sharp teeth!

C: Yeah! And it doesn’t really look like a sardine. Anyways, there is also a snake.

S: Hm, so these four are often seen as villains in stories. and they want to change that, right?

C: Yep. Well, not all of them, only the wolf wants to in the beginning, but then all of them kind of like the idea. Here is a video which explains the story:

Here is a video summary of Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.

S: I agree that this is an interesting premise for a book. The bad guys want to be good, but the world is not yet quite ready for them.

C: Yes. So they try to save a cat stuck on a tree. They try to tell the cat to jump down and they will catch it. But the cat is scared of them. And so when the wolf tries to catch the cat, the cat scratches him real badly.

Caramel is looking at the page of Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, where the not-so-bad bad guys are trying to save a kitty.
Caramel is looking at the page of Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey, where the not-so-bad bad guys are trying to save a kitty.

S: That is kind of sad though, no? They are trying to do something good but nobody expects good things from them. Everyone is afraid of them. Isn’t that sad?

C: Yes.

S: It is difficult to change people’s opinions once they make their minds up about us. So that could be one message of the book. What could be another?

C: I don’t know.

S: Hmm. I was thinking that there is also a more optimistic message. That even if people think you are a bad guy, you could always try to be good.

C: Yes, I agree. You can always try to be good.

S: But I think these messages are not quite the main reason why you enjoyed this book. Tell me what you liked most.

C: It’s extremely funny! The pictures are funny, and the bad guys get into funny situations.

S: So would you recommend this book to other young bunnies like yourself?

C: Yep! And I want to read all the other books in this series!

S: I see a few more reviews of bad guys in our future…

C: YES! But for now, stay tuned for more book bunny adventures!

Caramel has enjoyed reading Aaron Blabey's Bad Guys so much that he now wants to read all the other books in the series.
Caramel has enjoyed reading Aaron Blabey’s Bad Guys so much that he now wants to read all the other books in the series.

Caramel reviews Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister

Today Caramel wanted to share with the Book Bunnies Blog readers an old favorite: Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister. As always, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.

Caramel reviews Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.
Caramel reviews Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.

Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell us about this book.

Caramel: This is a good book if you like penguins and if you want to fly.

S: Hmm, that sounds kind of strange. What do you mean?

C: Well, it is about a little penguin named Penguin Pete, who wants to fly.

S: But we know penguins cannot fly. So Pete is bound for disappointment.

C: Yes. But then he learns to swim and that is fun, too. So he is not disappointed anymore.

S: That is sweet.

C: Yes, this is a really good book. If I was Marshmallow, I’d rate it 100%.

S: Hmm, what do you like about it?

C: I like that he wants to fly but he never gets to.

S: That sounds sad though.

C: Yes.

Caramel is looking at the page where Penguin Pete is trying to fly, in Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.
Caramel is looking at the page where Penguin Pete is trying to fly, in Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.

S: I didn’t know you liked sad stories.

C: Well, I don’t, but it’s not sad in the end. He does get happy. And he is funny, too. He is ice skating. With his bare feet! Oh, I think it is actually called “flipper skating”.

S: Yes, Penguin Pete is cute.

C: Oh, and then Pete makes a friend, a little bird. But then the little friend has to leave.

S: Well, that sounds sad, too. Penguin Pete is even crying on that page.

C: Yes, but I still like the book. And his bird friend will come back next year.

S: Why did you pick this book for today?

C: I like penguins. All our family likes them. Right?

S: I think that is true. Between the two of you, you have already reviewed so many books about penguins! What else do you want to tell us about this book? What do you think this book is really about?

C: I think it is about friendship. And stubbornness.

S: How so?

C: Because Penguin Pete doesn’t give up trying to fly until he finds out that penguins can’t really fly.

S: So is his stubbornness useless then?

C: Yes, I guess so. Or maybe not. Because being stubborn is how he learns how to swim. And how he becomes friends with Steve the bird.

S: I know you like reading about friendships. You have already reviewed The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein, Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story by Salina Yoon, and Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld. How do you think this book compares with those other ones? Do you have a favorite among these?

C: No. I like them all.

S: I agree. They are all very sweet stories. Each in its own special way. I guess this is a good enough time to wrap things up.

C: OK.

S: So what do you want to say Caramel?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!

Caramel enjoys reading and rereading Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.
Caramel enjoys reading and rereading Penguin Pete by Marcus Pfister.