Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

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Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

A 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

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Overview

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

A 2013 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

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The favorite shirt of Pete the Cat is now missing a button. Does he panic? Does he cry? Of course not. He just adds another verse to his groovy button songs and invites little readers to join in. A charming interactive button book by a talented team.

Lisa Dugan

Publishers Weekly
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)
Kirkus Reviews
In his third outing Pete the Cat follows the pattern of his previous appearances: Despite repeated wardrobe malfunctions, he maintains his upbeat attitude and bouncy charm. This time around the focus is on the buttons on Pete's favorite shirt, instead of his shoes, and there's even a bit of math involved. Still, for readers who have met Pete previously there's not much here that's new. Pete moves from his cozy chair to a skateboard to the street outside to a surfboard on top of an old-style Volkswagen Beetle. In each spot, for no apparent reason, one button pops off. The repeated refrain asks "Did Pete cry?" and answers "Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go." As a song it's likely perky, but read aloud, the text can seem tedious and overlong. Still, the brightly colored, childlike paintings and playful typography should keep kids' attention, and some will also enjoy identifying the large numerals as they count backwards from four to zero. A final twist finds Pete admiring his bellybutton, which will always be with him unlike the "stuff" that "will come and…go," offering the option of a mildly anti-consumerist message for parents who choose to emphasize it. Fans will definitely want to visit the publisher's website to check out the extras, while newcomers will either do the same or let Pete go, depending on their taste. (Picture book. 3-7)
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Pete is sporting his favorite, yellow shirt with four colorful buttons and he sings a song about those four buttons. Unfortunately, one of the buttons pops off and Pete is left with three. Pete, being a cool cat, is not upset by the lost button and he sings a song about three buttons. Pete continues to lose a button until there are no buttons left on his shirt. He continues to keep his cool and sings his song for a cute twist that will have children giggling and laughing. The illustrations are bold, bright, and colorful. The end pages have pictures of buttons against a blue background. Children will be able to see important details in the story like the shirt, buttons, and numbers. Young children will enjoy chanting or singing Pete's buttons song. Check out the other stories featuring Pete the Cat along with the author and illustrator websites. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Pete loves his special shirt so much that he just has to sing about it all the time: "My buttons, my buttons,/my four groovy buttons. My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons." It's not one of those songs that will repeat itself in children's heads throughout the day. In fact, it is boring. And, it is a large part of the text. As each button pops off, the song changes to adjust to the number left. The question is asked, "Did Pete cry?/Goodness, no./Buttons come and buttons go." The text is slim and repetitive, and the math problems are very simplistic. The text just does not hold readers' interest, but the illustrations are charming and humorous, with a hint of Chris Raschka's pen and gouache style. The blue-black cat has huge eyes and a deadpan expression as he sits on a skateboard, or a surfboard, while buttons fall off his shirt. No matter what, he maintains a reason to sing. When all the buttons are gone, he remembers he still has a button to sing about: his belly button. Not a first choice.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Union, Washington & Waldoboro, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062110589
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Pete the Cat Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 12,259
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Dean

Eric Litwinis a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, song-writing, national-award-winning, music-producing, fun, folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He has recorded two award-winning children's music CDs.

James Dean's art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for ten years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life's work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children's book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    I love this book as much as the first Pete the Cat book! This b

    I love this book as much as the first Pete the Cat book! This book is wonderful for 3 - 7 year olds. They get it! I do story times at a public library and this is one of my favorite new books. I make a big deal of the button boinging off, and the ending always gets a big laugh. I LOVE Pete!! I know chidlrens books and I know children. This is a good, funny book, with a touch of math.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Cute cute cute

    This is a very cute book! This is a great book for young children. And to you who said that this book sends the wrong message....this book is for YOUNG children. No teenager who has a car and an ipad would live their life according to this book. This is a about a cat losing buttons. A button can be easily replaced. I LOVE PETE THE CAT BOOKS!! I read them all the time to my preschool class.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Cat book is funny

    My 4 year old cousin loved reading this book! She would just come up to me and say, "can you read pete cat to me on your nook?" Thank you barnes and noble and the author for putting this book in the nook shop!:)

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Bought this for my 2 yr daughter on my nook after a great readin

    Bought this for my 2 yr daughter on my nook after a great reading by Mr Eric at our local library! She already had Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes and loves to sing/hum this around the house, and after storytime with Mr Eric, she started grooving about Pete's buttons so we went ahead and bought this one as well. Thnx to the library for introducing us to the books and the fun story of Pete the Cat! All good is her new phrase of the week/month!

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Okay speedcat you got the wrong message from this book. It is m

    Okay speedcat you got the wrong message from this book. It is meant for young children who are learning to control their emotions and not cry and throw tantrums over small things that don't go there way in life. My preschool class loves this book and all the others in the series. They love the repetitive versus and sing along! I wish there were more books like this that engage the children in the story.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Cute

    This is such a cute book and story. My kids love to hear it over and over. They love to sing along with it too!

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    Not as good as I'd hoped

    I was hoping for a cute story about a cat and his buttons. After reading it, I think it actually sends a negative message. Instead of looking for something you've lost, and taking care of your belongings, the message it sends is that it is okay to lose something and let it go. I do not think this is a good message to send. Just imagine this, "hey mom, dad, I lost that $10,000 car and $800 iPad you got me, but that is okay, Pete the cat lost his buttons and said it is okay to lose stuff." The production of the story though is top notch, but I was not impressed with the story itself and its message. I will not give this to any children I know.

    8 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Ciara

    Stupid cat but funny

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    It sucks

    Peanut butter in the drain is hard to get out

    5 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    doesn't work

    hum. Bought and paid for.. but will not transfer to the ipad Nook app.


    Gave a 1 star because i cannot read it.

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    must be only for nook devices

    I purchased the ebook so I could show it to my class. I have the nook app on my ipad and android tablet. I was unable to open it on either device. I have bought many ebooks in the past and have read them on my ipad, but this one must only open on a nook device.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Entertaining

    I bought this for my 2 year son and he really seems to enjoy it. Good for counting and singing along.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    I even made a song!

    I made a pete the cat song
    It goes

    Pete the cat
    Has four groovy buttons
    Oh no a groovy button
    just popped off
    Pete the cat
    has three groovy buttons
    Uh oh a groovy button
    Just popped off
    Pete the cat
    Has two groovy buttons
    Oh gosh a groovy button
    just popped off
    Hold on
    To your last groovy button, Pete!

    :D
    >-/

    Its a peace out hand lol

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Pette,thecat

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    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Addictive and fun. Have other Pete the Cat audio ebooks. A cool song.

    Already had Pete and his White Sneakers on ebook. It brought the kid in me out, even sang along. Don't let a silly thing like age stop you. Order this seductively fun book for yourself. If you have children, they'll love it. It's especially fun on the Nook HD+ Tablet, in high definition! Do it. You'll thank me. ~ Bruce Walters. Giving it 5 Fun Stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    I read this story to my first graders, and they loved it!  They

    I read this story to my first graders, and they loved it!  They wanted to hear it again, and of course I read it once again!  Pete the Cat is a favorite.  I have ordered all of the rest of the books to go with this one.


    A-Hum

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    My 5 Year Old Son's Favorite

    We love all the Pete the Cat books! I had never heard of them until they were introduced to my son's preschool class by one of the teachers. Now we own them all except for the Christmas one (we'll buy that one later on). Great story/morals and the illustrations are pretty cute!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    Jake potts

    I love this book so much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Pete the Cat is Groovy!

    My 4 year old grandson loves to read and re-read all the Pete the Cat books. The Nook Read to Me eBook is a favorite. Pete has a great attitude and we always ask what would Pete do when we run into an upsetting situation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Do you have book with CD of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Bu

    Do you have book with CD of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons?
    Kids really enjoying listening and reading along with the CD.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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