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 Harold & Hog pretend for real! (Elephant & Piggie like reading!)
 Author: Santat, Dan

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 50 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 776918 ISBN: 9781368027168
 Ages: 3-6 Grades: K-1

 Subjects:
 Best friends -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Imagination -- Fiction
 Characters and characteristics in literature -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $15.87

Summary:
Can the friendship of best friends Harold and Hog, a carefree elephant and a careful hog, survive a game of pretending to be Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie?

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Willems, Mo
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 502315

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/19)
   School Library Journal (05/01/19)
   Booklist (05/01/19)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/05/19)
 The Hornbook (00/05/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/01/2019 Operating on the notion that no reader is too young to enjoy a metafictional romp, Willems and Santat both trot in elephant and piggy pairs—one (Willems’) to read a story about the other (Santat’s), who decide to pretend to be their favorite literary duo (guess who). Unfortunately, Santat’s overcaffeinated Harold is nothing like Willems’ ponderous pachyderm, and likewise Santat’s introverted Hog looks and, plainly, feels silly trying to emulate Willems’ “carefree” porker. The art reflects these personality differences; in contrast to Willems’ flat, simply drawn animal buddies, Santat’s shy pig has a rounded, fuzzy body, mobile features, and a massive companion who is all wild gestures and exaggerated expressions. Eventually, Santat’s pair solve the issue by switching roles, cuing a celebrity walk-on and cutting back to Willems’ dazed duo, who race off to do some role-playing of their own. Punctuated by wordless spreads (as well as many exclamation points), the big, all-dialogue narrative cranks both the volume and pace of this brain-bending entry in the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series up another notch.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Willems' Elephant & Piggie could sell this on their own, but throw in Caldecott-winning, best-selling Santat to boot and you've got yourself a hit. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2019 PreS-Gr 2–Santat and Willems pair up a hilarious installment in the series with a hysterical portrayal of metafiction for kids. Harold and Hog are huge fans of Gerald and Piggie. So much so, they decide to play dress up and pretend to be them. Harold dons glasses, and Hog wears a "Piggie" nose over his own, but it is far more of a challenge when it comes to embodying their personalities. Hog is not as carefree as Piggie, and Harold doesn't quite understand what it means to be careful like Gerald. This realization is a test of Harold and Hog's friendship—how can they be best friends like Gerald and Piggie if they can't be like them? Just as in every "Elephant and Piggie" book, friendship is tested and readers are led to a satisfying ending. Santat's detailed art style mirrors Willems's simplicity, but is distinct enough to let readers know that they are in a different world than his. Willems's readers will be thrilled at the choices that Santat makes in art and text, subtle and overt. Whether if it's picking up on the "stage" they create or when a familiar Easter egg is used, all will have readers rolling with laughter. VERDICT A fun addition for most libraries, perfect for fans of Gerald and Piggie.–Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library, OR - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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