Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean
|Pete the Cat and His four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Rachael Spencer|
|Summary: Pete the Cat keeps losing his groovy buttons, but does he cry? Goodness no! A wonderfully entertaining book which manages to include singing, maths and a good life lesson all in one.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 40||Date: July 2014|
|Publisher: Harper Collins|
Pete the Cat has put his favourite shirt on, you know the one, with four groovy buttons? And he loves it. But what happens when those buttons start to fall off one by one?
From doing a bit of research, it looks like Pete the Cat is already a pretty popular character with quite a following. I came into this book blind and completely loved it, both visually and as a story. It is short, yet still compelling and fun, whilst including a nice touch of beginner maths. It manages to do this without making it an ‘educational’ book, instead just making it a useful extra flourish to a good story.
The repetition and rhyme in this book are worked in exceptionally well, and I found it an awful lot of fun to read out loud. I also enjoyed making up a tune for the song - though I know there is a version of the song online, which is a good touch, I decided to come up with a song myself anyway, and had good fun singing it (badly) during storytime. I'm sure anyone listening might have disagreed, but I always think it's a good thing when a book designed for sharing gives you the opportunity to expand upon what's on the page, giving a bit of freedom for imagination.
The other nice thing about this book is its underlying message; that it doesn’t matter too much if we lose things that we like, because there is always something else to be happy about. When you run out of buttons, there’s always your bellybutton. A good message for young people about not placing your happiness purely on material belongings.
Overall, a very enjoyable book which is a lot of fun to share, however good or bad you might be at singing! I'll be sure to go and find the rest of the series as soon as I can, to find out what else Pete is up to.
If you like this, then I think you might want to take a look at Secret Agent Splat! by Rob Scotton for some more feline adventures!
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