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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

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by James Dean, Eric Litwin

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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.


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.

Editorial Reviews

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
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)
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
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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Pete the Cat Series
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Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

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 fifteen 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. You can visit him online at www.petethecat.com.

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Donnaquilt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!:)
nmk97 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Mommica More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 2 year son and he really seems to enjoy it. Good for counting and singing along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Pete the Cat! Pete the Cat is funny! My favorite book is "My Four Groovy Buttons." From a 1st grader at Larsen Elementary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
A-Hum More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Mom_to_Liam More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much
Ladydi232 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetry is cute, but is it GOOD?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little girl loves Pete the cat and my husband and i always enjoy reading it with her. I disagree with the previous post that this book encourages children to be irresponsible. It is fun, enjoyable and even throws in a little math. Pete the cat will always be groovy in our eyes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The person who rated a star because they havent read it yet should be ashamed. Anyways, this is a darling book. I just love the song my four groovy buttons. My kids and i start singing it hip hop style. Lol. Great read and very worth $5!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter loves this - especially when we sing the Groovy Button song.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Pete the Cat books are a must for the early childhood classroom! Lessons are learned and fun is had!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid cat but funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun story for my granddaughter. She likes this book.
GramseyinSLC More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I love Pete the Cat and in this book, Pete keeps losing his groovy buttons. We, as readers get to help Pete count down from four all the way down to zero as his buttons roll away. Pete sings one of his beloved songs as his buttons disappear and it’s Pop! Oh no, another button rolls away and it’s time to do a little math accompanied with bright pictures and big numbers leading the way. Pete doesn’t cry as his shirt opens up, for we all have one spare button and for Pete, it’s “still all good”. If you haven’t checked out Pete the Cat, you have to pick him up and give him a try, he’s got a mellow approach to life that just makes you smile and his songs are pretty catchy. You can also catch his songs and books on YouTube, I betcha after you see him, you will come away, singing his songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old loves Pete the Cat books and the nook books are so fun with the sing-a-long.