Pete & Pickles

Pete & Pickles

by Berkeley Breathed


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Pete & Pickles by Berkeley Breathed

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399250828
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/16/2008
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 138,381
Product dimensions: 10.26(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Berkeley Breathed ( is the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the renowned comic strips "Bloom County," "Outland," and "Opus" which have appeared in over 1,200 newspapers worldwide and have earned Berkeley millions of loyal fans. He recently decided to bring back "Bloom County" after a 25-year absence and has been overwhelmed by the response--and by how much fun he is having. Berkeley Breathed is also the creator of the illustrated novel Flawed Dogs and the New York Times bestselling picture books Mars Needs Moms! andPete & Pickles. He lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.

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Pete & Pickles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
swambold More than 1 year ago
A practical pig and a whimsical elephant make a highly endearing pair of friends. I read this book in the children's section and laughed almost until I cried. There is conflict and conflict resolution and a rather sophisticated portrayal of a sweet, sweet relationship. I may buy several copies to give to my best friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my sweetheart (we are in our 50's, he lost his wife of 30 years last year to cancer) and used it as the springboard to tell him I love you for the first time..charming tale told by a talented writer and illustrator!
Nicole-SW More than 1 year ago
In my profession I'm always looking for books that give a good message and Berkeley Breathed does just that. It teaches kids the meaning of friendship and love and about trying new things. It is wonderful and I enjoyed it probably more than the kids. I checked this out at the library and knew I had to add it to my collection!
Momma-of-3 More than 1 year ago
All three of my kids LOVE this story! It is an easy read/re-read book! I usually get sick of reading the same book at bedtime, but we all love this book!
GuysMom More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my son(4) not knowing what to expect. To me, it was a story about friendship and that sometimes, we need to move out of our comfort zone and appreciate all that life has to offer. Pickles intrudes into Pete's world and while Pete thought he was a happy pig before he met Pickles, he learns to love the complications that Pickles brings into his life. It is such a beautiful love story and my son loved the illustrations and silliness of it all. I also loved that it touched upon the sad and lonely life of an elephant in the circus. These sentient creatures all have bigger dreams than being chained up. I recommend this book highly and I think it makes a wonderful gift.
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KellyOConnor More than 1 year ago
The rare sort of children's story which may be more enjoyed by the adult than the child, Pete & Pickles is a wonderful blend of the zany and the subtle, which is a signature of Berkeley Breathed. It does touch on some delicate subjects, like loss of loved ones, so the parent should be aware that there might be some discussion after the reading. Nevertheless, it is quite an exceptional book and I highly recommend it.
hayesPT More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for a 4 year old, not remembering that 4 year olds dont know how to read! But boy does she love the pictures! The story is funny,suspensful,strange and sweet. How can the frienship between an elephant and pig be anything other then sweet? So funny! The characters reminded me the relationship between my mutt dog and mutant siamese kitty, who became inseperable after only a few days of meeting...they are sort of like the Pig and Elephant but with lots of fur. The fact that it's Berkeley's own daughter's drawing of the pig giving flowers to a sad elephant, that inspires him -is inspirational itself! It would be a good reminder for those adults out there to remember that "correcting" a childs point of view when expressing so much imagination(which is a kind of forsight)- is truly wrong to do...having been told myself while in grade school that elephants are not purple and blue, birds do not have 4 legs and people do not fish for whales with a fishing rod to put them in their swimming pool!I still remember all those teachers who "corrected" my stories and colorings to this day and I dont remember them in a good or "correct" way! Go Berkeley and Brood!!
Rojowo More than 1 year ago
My son (5) and I have been reading this book every night. It is the perfect length--a good meaty story. My boy loves the pig and the elephant, and I am tickled by the unusual love story. It's a great read, good illustrations, well-written. Anyone who was a Bloom County and Opus fan back in the day, will enjoy sharing this book with their little ones.
reading_2gether More than 1 year ago
My son of 5 yrs old and I have read this book 4 times in 3 days of getting the book. We absolutely love this book. We enjoy every page and laugh at all the funny and silly things we notice every time we read the book together. We have been noticing something different that's just as funny as the last time we read it and love it!!!! Thank you for such a great book!