Pete the Cat and the New Guy

Pete the Cat and the New Guy

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by James Dean, Kimberly Dean
     
 

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Pete the Cat is back in Pete the Cat and the New Guy by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean. There's a new guy in town, and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends mean more fun. But who can he be? When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other . . . but that's what

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Pete the Cat is back in Pete the Cat and the New Guy by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean. There's a new guy in town, and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends mean more fun. But who can he be? When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other . . . but that's what makes him cool. Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete and just like you, and there is something everyone can do! The message of acceptance shines through and is perfect for young readers learning to navigate the social waters. Fans of Pete the Cat will delight in the rhythmic storytelling and fun repetition throughout the book.

Editorial Reviews

Pete the Cat refuses to be an alley cat recluse. Ever energetic, he's always eager for new encounters and when he hears that there's a new guy in town, he's excited about meeting him. It doesn't take long for our feline extravert to realize that Gus, the new arrival, is quite different from him-and that, Pete discovers, is just what makes him so interesting and cool. An instructive picture book about differences that don't make a difference.

Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-10
Pete the Cat tries to find an inclusive activity for the "new guy" in town. Pete and his pals are jamming when the "new guy" moves in next door: It's Gus the platypus, who sports a backward baseball cap and a goofy smile. Professing eagerness to make a new friend (as always, it's hard to tell from his heavy-lidded, couldn't-care-less expression), Pete acknowledges Gus' physiological peculiarities by assuring him that "I think being different is really very cool." But how to include Gus? He can't climb like Squirrel, jump like Toad or juggle like Octopus. Despite Pete's encouraging if vague refrain—"Don't be sad, / don't be blue. / There is something / everyone can do!"—Gus, despondent, retreats to his house and consoles himself with his drum set. Pete exclaims, "He found something cool he can do with us!" The text is cast in a loose, poorly metered rhyme that dissolves into prose and then reforms with no apparent pattern. The message of inclusiveness is likewise incompletely explored. Why doesn't Pete ever just ask Gus what he likes to do instead of flailing about aimlessly? For that matter, why don't the Deans give Gus a personality? For all Pete's stated embrace of "being different," there is no attempt to develop or celebrate Gus' difference in any meaningful way. Lackluster text, muddy message, poor character development: not cool. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062275608
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Series:
Pete the Cat Series
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
80,658
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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.

In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children's book together. Their dream finally became a reality with the release of Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer, Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.

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Pete the Cat and the New Guy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandsons enjoy the Pete the Cat stories and this has now become another of their favorites. In easy to understand, rhyming prose, the author emphasizes that we all have different talents and we all can find something we're good at. Definitely a joy to read!
lingram More than 1 year ago
Another great book from James & Kimberly! Positive message about finding what your good at and shine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this for a long distance nephew and everything was easy and convenient! Went online, ordered, put in a gift message and received a big thank you in a couple of days! Doesn't get much easier than that! Oh, and my nephew LOVED the book!! Will buy more of them!
jeannieAnn More than 1 year ago
Loves these books and hope they continue - he is 5 years old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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