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

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
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)
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
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062110596
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Pete the Cat Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 475,535
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (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 Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog.

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  • Posted May 23, 2015

    Total hit with my favorite toddlers

    I discovered Pete the Cat at the library and had to own a copy. This book is a delight to the little people in my life and the "singsong" narration makes it fun to read with them. It wears well on the adult reading, though, be warned: it may stick in your head. My grandchildren (ages two and three) "read" it to me when we do FaceTime. I have recommended it to my friends with grandchildren and given it as a gift. "Pete" is a great find. We have enjoyed many of the other Pete books, but this is my favorite.

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