July 31, 2013

Pee Wee's Tale

I took shots of 'Pee-Wee's Tale' by Johanna Hurwitz and Patience Brewster awhile ago. LAST YEAR SPRING 2012 awhile ago....

And here we are! Just read the book with Julia! Book friends, I know a few of you share this problem with me. If you can classify this as a real problem, which it isn't.

TOO MANY BOOKS. I feel embarrassed to even be talking about this, but I have like, a 6 month plan for book reading with Julia, which doesn't work AT ALL, and I have to give the library books first priority and then the chapter books take a really long time, and OH FOR ALL THE WORLD'S PANCAKES, there are just so many good books in the world and not enough time to read them.

And breathe. This is not a problem.

Anyway this book is super cute.

REALLY cute. One of the sweetest books we've read in awhile. It reminded me in a vague way of 'Stuart Little', because it's set in New York City and focuses on an intelligent small rodent (a little guinea pig) having to make his way in the world.

Pee-Wee is given to a boy whose mother hates rodents. So she "accidentally" lets him escape. (That's the story they tell the boy. The dad takes Pee-Wee and sets him free in Central Park.)

The little guinea pig makes great friends with a squirrel and astonishes park animals with his reading ability. (his mama taught him how in the pet store in which he was born.) He learns how to take care of himself. At the end of the book he finds his boy again, who now has a dog for a pet. It's okey dokey though, because Pee-Wee, at this point, is much happier living in the park.

There's a raccoon named Sewer Drain, and that is awesome.

I really loved this little book. It IS little, a tiny-ish size paperback, with short chapters and illustrations every couple of pages or so that remind me a bit of Garth Williams' work, which is one of the the highest compliments to an artist I can give.

My reviews are so silly. Everything I review, I say it's cute, because it is. I think I need a new system. Like Level 1 Cute, or Level 2 Delightful & Charming. Or Level 4 Adorable cross referenced with stunningly gorgeous.

But I'm sorry, what the heck does one say about a sweet little reading guinea pig who revels in how good his first bite of apple tastes?? What does one say about that? BECAUSE IT IS SO DARN CUTE! Actually you know what it is? 'Pee-Wee's Tale' is a happy book.  Some stories are easier to read aloud than others, have you noticed that? This one was fun to read aloud. I can't wait to read the other books in the series!

(this one's especially good for ages 6-8 and despite my "IT'S CUTE!"-isms all over the place, it's not too cute for boys.)

20 comments:

  1. I definitely have the same problem, there are so many beautiful books out there. This sounds like a lovely book. The illustrations are so 'cute' :)

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    1. I just have to remember that the world won't end if we don't get to everything I deem "important" or "special" (which is everything!) in the next year....

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  2. You are not alone Melissa! I have the exact same problem. Your book reviews are wonderful, don't doubt yourself! And if it's cute, then there is no wrong in calling it cute :) That little book is a gem! I love the wee little guinea pig babies! And the storyline is very good too. Self-reliance and independence. I will need to add this to my boy's list.

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    1. Sometimes there is no other good word for cute, other than cute! I think you and your son would have a good time with this one :)

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  3. Should we have a support group? "Hi, my name is Christina and I have so many children's books that they spill upon the floor." The oldest will let me pick books to read so I can grab something that hasn't been read in a while or something new from the pile. The youngest won't and while I don't mind re-reading "Sheep in a Jeep" for the hundredth time, I would like him to enjoy "Make Way for Ducklings" or "Blueberries for Sal" because dang, we have all these books that need to be enjoyed! I was a little embarrassed though recently in a good way -- Will has to do two mini book reports this summer and I had a majority of the books to choose from on our shelf! HA! Now, where is that support group meeting?

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    1. We LOVED Sheep in a Jeep!!!! Loved it!

      I think we have so many books it overwhelms my kid. Whoopsie! Her books are located in 5 different locations, if you count in all the different book boxes in with the bookcases. Doh, 6! Forgot about the library book box.

      I totally have a problem and I'm ready to join that support group!

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  4. A guinea pig book! Just requested it from the library. My kids are so spread out in age/reading level/interests that we tend to have 2 or 3 different story times every night. Much as I love to read, I'd like to consolidate a little, and this looks like a good book to start with. The eldest has a guinea pig fixation, the middle loves cute animals, and it doesn't sound too long and involved for the youngest. Yay!

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    1. I'm going to change the post to reflect that really, this book is fine for 5 and up. I bought it last year and intended to read it to J right then and there, but somehow it became lost in the book shuffle....

      I'd love to be at story time at your house! I miss reading all of our tiny tot books sometimes, and I long for the day when we can do Narnia and Harry Potter (she's not ready yet). Although, EVERY AGE is a super fun age, reading wise!

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  5. we have the same problem, sometimes it even stresses me out, especially when i end up reading garbage, i end up angry, like i want to call publishers and complain. it's crazy.
    cute is a wonderful word. last year one of freya's friends looked at me and said, "you know for an adult, you say awesome a lot." i don't think it was a compliment, but i went with it anyway.

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    1. ha ha ha ha! I'm the worst abuser of "awesome" ever. Not sure I would know how to speak without it! that's what growing up in the 80's will do to an individual.....I also use a lot of 'stoked' and 'rad'. so embarrassing....

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  6. I HAVE GOT TO GET BACK TO MY BLOGS!!! Oh I've missed you and I need to read everything I've missed. It made me so happy to read todays post... you know I'm the same way with books. Every book I write about is "just delightful" or "absolutely lovely" or "such fun" thank goodness one of the big problems we face is too much good reading material!!! RIght? I love it! And this book looks right up my ally, I'll put it on the library list for sure.

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    1. oh Robyn, my Robyn! ( did you get that Dead Poets Society ref to Oh Captain, My Captain??)

      How I've missed you.

      Make sure you check out my recent Summer Wedding post, the Blueberry Pie, and the post about Blueberries and Laura Ingalls Wilder. We have so much to talk about! Kissies to all the kidlets and that squishy baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. We have too many books. :o) But then, is there really such a thing as too many books?

    This one does sound adorable. I love the illustrations. It sounds like a good one to have on hand for my youngest, who is about to start kindergarten and will probably be reading on her own over the next few months. Excuse me, Mommy needs a tissue...

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    1. Lately, I've really been missing tiny tot books, I know how you feel!

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  8. A cute book AND it's a series?! What an awesome find! And I love the phrase "for all the world's pancakes"- I literally laughed out loud. Happy books are perfect for us, too- thank you!

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    1. ha ha, that came from 'The Terrible Troll Bird' which I featured awhile back...I loved it so much I decided that it would be my catchphrase forever!!

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    1. isn't it the funnest?? funnest is totally a word, by the way :)

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  10. Well I know someone with a guinea pig obession so we'll have to find this for sure!

    You are totally right about cute and the cuteness scale--- something to differentiate would be very handy...I'm always using the thesaurus in my spell check to come up with other ways to say cute like 10 times in a row...endearing, adorable, lovable, sweet, lovely, appealing, engaging, delightful, dear, darling, winning, winsome, attractive, pretty; cutesy, twee.

    Oooh, twee! Let's start using that!! It's so twee!!

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    1. IT'S SO TWEE!!!!!!!!!

      Oh I love it. yesssee yes yes!

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