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Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed

Pete & Pickles (2008)

by Berkeley Breathed

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Pete is a very precise pig who is introduced to the riotous imagination of Pickles the elephant when she escapes from the circus and hides out in his house. Despite his fussy ways, Pete and Pickles become friends, until Pickles makes a mistake that causes Pete to demand that she leave. She trips and breaks a water pipe and the rising water has very serious consequences for them both. Funny and touching and awesomely illustrated by Breathed. ( )
  Mrs_McGreevy | Nov 17, 2016 |
Sweet, and sophisticated, and wonderful for children and for adults. Definitely not too 'dark' or whatever for kids. Heck, it was developed by Berkeley on behalf of his then five year old daughter. The text is a little long, I will admit, and may be difficult for 4 year-olds with short attention spans, but it's worth finding a quiet time and sitting down with them. Most books for small children make friendship seem an easy & natural thing - but for some people, like Pete Pig or like me, for example, it's a little more difficult. I feel enriched and enlightened, and joyful, after reading this. I still don't have any real friends, but if I'd read this when I was small, I probably would have. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Pete is a practical pig who takes comfort in his daily routine, especially since the passing of his beloved Paprika. One day that routine is interrupted in a most unpredictable and impractical way by Pickles, an escaped circus elephant who upends Pete's life, and stirs him to contemplate how chaos and happiness can sometimes be very alike. Berkely Breathed's "Bloom County" was one of my favorite comic strips, but I enjoy his children's books just as much and actually consider them finer works of art. ( )
  burnit99 | Mar 10, 2014 |
Goofy and sweet story about a pair of unlikely friends! ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
I don't know what to say about this book beyond the simple truth that this was perfect. I loved Pickles for being a renegade elephant who forced Pete out of his mournful funk. I loved Pete for being open to it, even though he had his moments of reluctance. I think that made him all the more real though. I loved the adventure of this story. Another Berkeley Breathed book has wound its way into my heart. Everyone should give this book a chance. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
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Pete is a perfectly predictable, practical, uncomplicated pig. At least, he was . . . before a runaway circus elephant named Pickles stampeded into his life, needing a friend. Pickles is larger than life and overflowing with imagination. She takes Pete swandiving off Niagara Falls. (Sort of.) And sledding down the Matterhorn. (Sort of.) Pete goes along for the wild ride and actually begins to enjoy himself . . . until Pickles goes too far. And Pete tells her she must leave.

Yet sometimes the simple life isn?t all it?s cracked up to be.

Pulitzer Prize?winning cartoonist Berkeley Breathed offers two new irresistible characters and a heartfelt, hilarious look at the rarity of true friendship.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:18 -0400)

When Pickles the elephant turns his life upside-down, Pete the pig comes to realize that a perfectly predictable, practical, and uncomplicated life is not always preferable.

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