Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool!

James Dean, Author, James Dean, Illustrator
Kimberly and James Dean. Harper, $9.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-06-219865-5
Reviewed on: 10/14/2013
Release date: 11/01/2013
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Appropriately enough, Pete’s latest includes some valentines for readers: a large foldout poster, a sheet of stickers, and 12 punch-out cards. In the accompanying story, Pete starts out as a skeptic: “Valentine’s Day is not cool,” he tells his friend Callie. She responds that it’s her favorite holiday, and Pete needs no more convincing than that—as soon as he gets home, he starts making homemade cards. By book’s end, Pete has distributed valentines throughout his community; he forgets about Callie, but she’s understanding: “Hanging out with you... that’s way better than any card.” Just like Pete skateboards his way through town, he slides through these minor Valentine’s Day dramas effortlessly. Ages 4–8. (Dec.)
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