Pete the Cat: Play Ball!

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Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball, and a bat. He's ready to play baseball! Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when things don't go Pete's way, will he get upset?

Cheer on Pete as he tries his best and brings his signature groovy attitude to the game of baseball.

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Overview

Pete the Cat has a mitt, a ball, and a bat. He's ready to play baseball! Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. But when things don't go Pete's way, will he get upset?

Cheer on Pete as he tries his best and brings his signature groovy attitude to the game of baseball.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2— In Big Lunch, Pete decides to make a sandwich. Of course, the more he adds, the bigger it becomes. This is a good thing because he is really, really hungry. He forgets to remove the wrappers and adds cans, jars, and boxes to the ever-teetering tower of items. As he piles on the food, children's giggles will grow right along with the expanding "sandwich." Once it becomes too big for the small cat to consume, he must think of a clever solution to his dilemma, which he does with a little help from his friends. In Play Ball!, Pete is baseball ready and his team, the Rocks, are facing the Rolls in a big game. The players warm up and, when the game is over, both sides greet one another with high fives. Even though Pete does not play his best game, he has a good attitude about making mistakes and not being sad about errors he made. This is a great title to spark a discussion about sportsmanship. In both books, simple cartoon art in bold colors and large text make the books a treat for beginning readers.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN
Kirkus Reviews
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Pete's team, the Rocks, is playing the Rolls. Pete is every measure of a good sport as he encourages his teammates. He isn't, however, a skilled player. He strikes out and drops a fly ball, and though he reaches first base on a walk and runs as fast as he can, he is thrown out at home plate. "Pete is not sad, He did his best." After all, his team won, and he had fun. It could be a great antidote to Little League pressure to be number one at all costs. But there is something off-putting about the tone, for there appears to be a lack of any real involvement in Pete's cool, calm manner, and the repeated insistence that he is unaffected by his performance feels robotic. Does he love the game or intend to improve? Instead, the baseball game seems just another setting for Pete to demonstrate his cool. Cartoons nicely complement the text, but here too, no change of expression is apparent on Pete's countenance, nor on any of the players'. The early-reader format is new to this series and hasn't the lilt of Dean's earlier works, so this might not be the way to expand the franchise. No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062110664
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: My First I Can Read Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 28,444
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 3.16 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

James Dean

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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    i love pete the cat

    i love pete the cat

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    But...new Pete the Cat books *are* by the original illustrator -

    But...new Pete the Cat books *are* by the original illustrator - James Dean now is both author and illustrator. Great reading fun to have Pete in the "I Can Read" format!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    PLease notice these new Pete the Cat books are not by the author

    PLease notice these new Pete the Cat books are not by the author of the first four Pete the Cat books, Eric Litwin.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Glimmer

    Here?
    ~•Glimmer•~

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    highly recommend for young kids

    Bought this for my nephew. Cute story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Hi

    Its peeeeetttttteeeeeee

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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