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Pete the Cat: Play Ball! (My First I Can Read) Hardcover – February 26, 2013

4.5 out of 5 stars 206 customer reviews
Book 6 of 16 in the Pete the Cat Series

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 120 (What's this?)
  • Series: My First I Can Read
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062110675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062110671
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 2004, Kimberly and James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children's book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of the new Pete the Cat book, Pete's 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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I bought this book for my six year old daughter. This is the second Pete book she owns, and she can read alot of the words in this book. She just love love this story and will be reading it on her own very soon. This book is all about having fun, doing your best, not getting angry, keeping your cool and never giving up even if things doesn't seems to be going your way at that moment, which is a good message for young kids to learn. The book is about Pete can't seem to hit the ball at the baseball game and reamins optimistic as he tries to get his groove back. The book is colorful and will keep your child engaged.
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We are such big fans of Pete the Cat books at our house that when I saw this book, I had to preorder it for my 4 yr old. We read it today, and eh, it was okay. Of course the story is limited by the fact that it is an early reader book and has to use words easy for little kids to read. But I guess, I just expected the same magic that was in the other Pete the Cat books, and didn't quite get it. Pete the Cat was still pretty groovy, and it did have a good message when Pete made mistakes playing ball, it repeated the message "Pete is not sad. He did his best". I liked that, it is a great, positive message. So in summary, it was a decent plot for an "I can read" book, but doesn't quite have the magic of the original Pete the Cat books!
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I teach First Grade and my students are all in love with Pete the Cat! Having a new series of "I Can Read" books coming out helps to put the love of reading in their own hands.
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I love the message of this book. Pete may not be the star player, but his attitude is spot on. Because it's all good if you are having fun. 6 year old boys have a great book to read aloud.
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My nephews and niece love Pete the Cat, so I bought this book for my nephew's 6th birthday. I was appropriate reading level for him, and it was fun to hear him read it aloud to me.

The only thing was the story wasn't so great. I'd probably pass on this Pete the Cat book, and try another if I had the chance.
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My kindergarten age and younger grandchildren all enjoy this series and have waited for this new one. Play Ball is special since it teaches good sportsmanship even when you don't hit the ball, catch the ball, or land safely on home plate.
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My daughter (age 4) LOVES Pete the cat and we have read all the books in the original series with James Dean and Eric Litwin. One of the best series in Children's Picture Books out today IMO. This book reads like Dean and Litwin had nothing to do with it - like maybe they sold the rights to a publishing house and a ghost writer is continuing the series.
There is none of that "cool cat" vibe. He is not "all good." Pete goes from being super cool and confident to this inept character with no talent and no richness. There is no sing-song dialogue or fun catch=phrases at all. The message of losing and being okay with that is fine but this book re-enforces that if you just keep on losing over and over and over again not to worry about it. This is like taking Max from the Wild Things and turning him into a couch potato instead of an adventurer. BTW, my daughter agrees. After I read it she looked at me with a "Huh? What happened to Pete," look in her eyes.
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This book along with the other released "Reader Series" book are great for those very young readers. For these early readers these books are helpful as they begin the process of learning to read. I find some others reviewing these books and comparing them to the original Picture books but you can't compare apples to oranges. "Readers" are not the same as the earlier books and should not be compared to them. I've seen some complaints that talk of greed and commercialism for these readers but they are perfect for what they are. A great character, great colorful illustrations and a little story to capture the attention of these very young children. An A++++++++ for this book, tho had I written it Pete would have been able to do something either hit, or catch or make it safely home, but the lesson is to do your best even when you don't succeed. Still an A++++ in my book!
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