Sylvester and the Magic Pebble reads like the kind of story one would tell aloud before bedtime or on a long drive in the car. The story is sweet, silly and a little absurd. But, like the kind of story you would tell on a car ride, it almost seems as if the story would be told, just to kill time (which I think is alright in this case). And I can’t help but think that the story might lean on the boring side if Sylvester and his family were human. So why are the characters animals? Did someone suggest making the characters animals to make the story more exciting? Or maybe the starting point of having the characters be animals, more readily allows us to enter into a make believe world, and helps us stretch our imagination to believe in the possible existence of a magic pebble.
Whatever the reason for the anthropomorphism, I think it is used well in this book. Besides, who doesn’t like seeing a donkey wearing a floral print muumuu? And naturally, the police officers are pigs. This makes me smile.