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Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

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Join Pete, from New York Times bestselling author James Dean's Pete the Cat picture-book series, as he visits a farm in this groovy version of the classic children's song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Children will love singing along—e-i-e-i-o!—with Pete the Cat.

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Overview

Join Pete, from New York Times bestselling author James Dean's Pete the Cat picture-book series, as he visits a farm in this groovy version of the classic children's song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Children will love singing along—e-i-e-i-o!—with Pete the Cat.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
03/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Pete the Cat is yet again inspiring sing-alongs, this time on Old MacDonald's farm. The book goes through the song with 17 different animals, each one keeping strictly to the familiar lyrics with no other textual additions. Each verse is accompanied by a spread illustration of that animal and Pete, either holding a guitar or driving a truck or tractor. The book has the repetition that readers have come to expect, but it is not original; it's simply an Old MacDonald picture book with illustrations featuring Pete the Cat. Those expecting the catchy original songs found in the first three "Pete the Cat" titles (HarperCollins) will be disappointed. However, for libraries that cannot keep enough Pete books on the shelves, this will do.—Emily E. Lazio, The Smithtown Special Library District, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-18
The heavy-lidded cat with a cult following dons overalls for a trip to the farm. There is absolutely nothing out of the ordinary about the text in this outing, verses unfurling spread by spread, one per animal. This feline Old MacDonald has some equally heavy-lidded chickens, dogs, cows, pigs, horses, (Siamese) cats, goats, ducks, turkeys, roosters, donkeys, sheep, frogs and geese, as well as a turtle that's pictured in each scene. They all pretty much say the expected things, though preschoolers will be quick to call shenanigans when they hear that Pete-the-Cat MacDonald's goats say "baa-baa" while the sheep say "maa-maa." The "action," such as it is, plays out on static, green-grassed, blue-skied backgrounds in which the occasional tractor or barn trades places with a red pickup. Aside from Pete and his turtle, the animals included in the spreads vary, sometimes accumulating and sometimes not; children who like to find patterns will be frustrated here. But the book's biggest liability is its star's practically comatose affect. Jacket copy and the character's mythos tell readers that Pete's "groovy," but he just looks like he couldn't care less. As the lyrics of "Old MacDonald" beg to be sung aloud with brio, Pete's never-changing expression and the unwavering stolidity of the compositions make a hopeless mismatch. "Old MacDonald" for narcoleptics. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062198730
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Pete the Cat Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 33,633
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (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 February 22, 2014

    Boring

    The person reading has a monotone voice. No Pete the cat personality whatsoever

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Not what expected

    Boring and zero pete the cat personality

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    This book sucked sh*t.

    This book sucked sh*t.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Loved it!

    My daughter loved the book !

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