Pete the Cat: Play Ball! (My First I Can Read Series)

Pete the Cat: Play Ball! (My First I Can Read Series)

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by James Dean
     
 

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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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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.

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:
9780062110688
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
My First I Can Read Series
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
78,194
Lexile:
120L (what's this?)
File size:
13 MB
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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 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: Play Ball! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love pete the cat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this for my nephew. Cute story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for those learning to read...especially boys or girls that like baseball.
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Here? ~•Glimmer•~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLease notice these new Pete the Cat books are not by the author of the first four Pete the Cat books, Eric Litwin.