After reviewing three books from the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series (see his reviews of The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat, The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham, and Harold and Hog Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat), Caramel is now rereading some of his old favorites from the original Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Wilems. Below he shares his thoughts on A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions, though this time Caramel himself also tried typing some of the words.
Sprinkles: So what do you want to tell us about this book Caramel?
Caramel: boing! Boing boing boing boing boing! I love this book! boing!
S: So what is that supposed to mean?
C: it is one of the best books that I have ever read! It is a very good book! I love it! And the boinging is about a bouncy ball.
S: Yes, the book has a ball in the center of the story, right? Tell us about the story. What is happening in the book?
C : There is a big guy that takes Piggie’s ball! Piggie is very sad. So Gerald the Elephant goes to the big guy to try and take the ball back.
S : Why can’t Piggie take it back herself?
C : The guy is too big, she’s scared. It’s a humpback whale! They are huge!
S : Yes, apparently they can grow up to 25 to 30 tonnes. That is a huge weight Caramel. And it is about the size of ten mid-sized elephants. So the big guy is probably too big for Gerald as well, right?
C: Yes. But in the end everything works out, and all three of them play together. They play a game called whale ball. But I don’t get it.
S: What do you not get Caramel?
C: How is the whale not in the ocean? And where is the water coming from that it spouts from its blow hole?
S: Hmm, those are good questions Caramel, but maybe just like an elephant and a pig are quite unlikely to be friends, the whale joining them is also quite unlikely, but it can happen in fiction. Isn’t that what fiction is about? A lot of times things that don’t always make sense or cannot really happen do happen in stories.
C: I don’t always like that though. I like real things.
S: Yes, of course I know that Caramel. But there are many fiction books you also enjoy reading, right? I think you have enjoyed reading all the Elephant and Piggie books many many times.
C: Yes! I also love the Narwhal and Jelly books!
S: Yes, and you reviewed all four of them: Narwhal: The Unicorn of the Sea!, Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Narwhal’s Otter Friend, all by Ben Clanton. It is a good thing to read a balance of fiction and non-fiction. I think you are doing great!
C: Yes! I like reading. And I will keep reading. And reviewing books!