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Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School (My First I Can Read) Paperback – February 25, 2014
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What should I wear?” asks Pete, who wants to look cool. Everyone he asks suggests a different part of his wardrobe, from his mother’s favorite, “your yellow shirt,” to the school bus driver’s favorite, “your polka dot socks.” After trying on three shirts, he adds long pants, short pants, socks, boots, a striped tie, and a baseball hat. A double-page spread shows Pete wearing this assembled outfit and asks, “Does he look cool?” Kids will know the answer, and so does Pete, who changes into his favorite clothes and knows he looks cool. In both the bright images and simple words, Dean delivers the “be yourself” message with simplicity, economy, and humor. Beginning readers will find plenty to enjoy here, from the short words, brief sentences, and large type to the bold black lines, plaintive eyes, and vivid colors that define the distinctive forward-facing characters. An engaging and ultimately amusing book from the Pete the Cat series for beginning readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Pete the Cat can't decide what to wear to look cool at school. Pete learns it's not what you wear, but how you wear it that makes you cool.
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Unlike some of the "I Can Read" books, the Pete books usually have a complete story, with a clear beginning, a couple of developments in the middle, and then a satisfying ending. I like that even in very early readers. What happens makes sense and the endings are satisfying. Each fully illustrated page has two sentences, running from four to seven words each. That's a nice length and a good and fair challenge for a little starting reader. The drawings fully support the text, and while they look a bit amateurish at first the characters are actually expressive and presented effectively.
Many of the Pete books have a mild message, (be yourself, do your best). Here, Pete is choosing an outfit to wear to his first day at school. He takes advice from everyone and ends up way, way overdressed and rather silly looking. Finally, Pete takes off everything and puts on what he wants. Be yourself indeed. The message didn't strike me as terribly heavy-handed, but that's mostly because it was hidden under so many layers of silliness. The Pete books vary in their messageness, and this one does fall a bit to the obvious side of the balance. That said, it's fun and a bit ambitious, which is a nice touch for such an early reader.
So, all in all, this is one of the few early readers books that strikes me as "set worthy" and we've been happy to collect them all over time. The paperback versions are particularly good value.
These are more complex than other first readers, it's nice t just 3 or 4 letter words, it took my LO a long time to work out how to say favourite
There is word repetition and as an adult, by god it can be annoying
The books are pretty long so don't expect to finish it in one go
That beings said hard work is ok and my son has enjoyed working on these. We have a process of I read a page, then he reads one to boost his confidence
Overall I'm happy with the book but I would like a slightly simpler first reader
She really liked making out her little Valentine cards for those she loves. Uncle, Cousin,Gramma,Grampa,Mommy and Daddy!
Valentine's Day is over but reading the book is not. The only thing I had a hard time with was explaining to her that the pages were made to tear out of this book. LOL
We aren't Pete the Cat experts (just know one other book that we got from the library a couple of months ago), so we didn't have specific expectations as to what it should be like. So, other reviewers comments about it not being like the others were lost on me. And I'm glad I didn't read them before buying it. I might have passed it over, but am glad I didn't. It made for a nice present for my daughter.