Grade 2-5-Readers may recall from What Pete Ate from A-Z (Putnam, 2001) that this dog eats anything. That gets him into a pickle when he visits his owner at school. Poppy Wise narrates as Pete eats the math teacher's pants. Mr. Grompi Spitzer promptly sends them to the principal's office, where the pup eats an encyclopedia, rendering him superintelligent and able to speak. He returns to school the next day disguised as Poppy Wise's cousin, and eventually charms the charming principal Miss Honeybee into relenting on the "no pets in school" rule. Fortunately, or un-, once Pete digests all his information, he goes back to being plain-old "dear sweet Pete." Kalman's fans will frolic through her complex and wacky paintings, playful text, and somewhat strung-out and predictable story. This is not Kalman's strongest work, but it's lots of fun for those who get the joke.
Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA
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*Starred Review* Gr. 2-4. Sometimes Kalman's books (and their outrageous humor) seem more aimed at adults than kids. But not this one. Pete, the shaggy dog introduced in What Pete Ate from A to Z (2001), is back--hungrier (and funnier) than ever. This time he goes to school with his owner, Poppy Wise, and her brother, Mookie (nicknamed Shmookie Scalandroopy by his sister), where he gobbles up, among other things, an encyclopedia. His literary indulgence becomes clear to his owners as they study at home that night: Pete not only speaks but also gives them answers to their homework. The next day, the excited Wise children bring Pete to school disguised as their brilliant cousin, Pearl Buttonweiser--but Pete's wagging tail eventually gives him away. The design and the artwork are signature Kalman: inventive, eye-catching, bold yet subtle. Some children may have trouble reading the hand-lettered text, but many will find it worth the effort to catch all the jokes. Readers will also find some interesting information. With so many witty asides and quirky artistic tangents, saying that this will be read more than once is an understatement. Ilene Cooper
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This is a wonderfully clever and fun book with vibrant illustrations. It is an absolute favorite for the kids in our family.Published 24 months ago by amashopper
I got this for a 5 year old but I'd say the ideas in the book are more for 3rd graders or older. However, it looks like a little kid's book so...they might not go for it.Published on March 15, 2013 by Waku Waku
Out of all the books I've read to my children, this one falls into the category of funny AND engaging. Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer