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Maira Kalman's mischievous tail-wagger with the unparalleled zest for eating makes an especially studious -- and totally hilarious -- comeback in this follow-up to What Pete Ate from A-Z.
Although pets have been banned from Poppy Wise's school since Judy the snake was lost and "everyone went nuts," that rule isn't going to keep Pete away. During Mr. Spitzer's math class, the hungry pooch scrambles in, "and before you could say quadratic equation," much of the classroom has been snarfed up along with the science teacher's equipment, Miss Crumple's crayons for art class, and Mr. Moosebrugger's orchestra instruments. Pete gets banished to the principal's office, and after he devours a 26-volume encyclopedia, the pooch soon begins spouting off phrases on a par with Spinoza. Cleverly, Poppy and her brother disguise Pete as "Pearl Buttonweiser" and sneak him back into school, where the dog's recitations of Gertrude Stein poems and his apology to the principal wind up making him the class's top dog.
With her signature artwork that spins a Chagall-like imagination into a wacky tale all her own, Kalman serves up a picture book to whet any reader's appetite for fun. Pete is one dog with pizzazz, and kids will have a howling good time as they see his wry expressions and hunt for verbal and visual treasures on every page. As usual, the author sets the example for picture book sophistication that's both accessible and winning. Matt Warner