From 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, TNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Dean’s stoic Pete the Cat heads to the ballpark and does what he does best: react placidly. It’s the Rocks (the cats in red) versus the Rolls (yellow), and no matter how often Pete screws up—and it’s pretty often, as he strikes out, drops a catch, and overthrows—he reacts in the exactly same way: “But Pete is not sad. He did his best.” Again, much of Pete’s humor comes from Dean’s depiction of him as a dour, sleepy-looking fellow regardless of the emotions the text insists that he’s feeling. The purposely flat, simple watercolors further this low-key, cool-cat offering. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus