Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Eric Litwin, Author, James Dean, Illustrator
James Dean and Eric Litwin. Harper, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-06-211058-9
Reviewed on: 05/28/2012
Release date: 05/01/2012
In his fourth picture book, Pete the Cat loves (and sings about) the buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn’t freak out: “Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go.” In bold, primary colors, the number of buttons remaining on the shirt appears at left, both as a numeral and written out, and the diminishing buttons are represented in basic equations (3-1=2). Even after all his buttons are gone, Pete takes it as a cue to go surfing. Readers who need a reminder not to sweat the small stuff will find a model of unflappability in Pete. Ages 3–7. (May)
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