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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.
About the Author
Eric Litwinis a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, song-writing, national-award-winning, music-producing, fun, folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He has recorded two award-winning children's music CDs.
James Dean is the original creator and illustrator of Pete the Cat. He is a self-taught artist originally from Fort Payne, Alabama. His passion for drawing became apparent at a young age, and as a child, you could find James drawing his favorite characters like Snoopy and Yogi Bear.
James earned his degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and went on to work for Georgia Power for a number of years. Eventually, he was called to pursue his art full-time and began selling his work at art festivals around the Southeast.
It was during this time that he began creating paintings and drawing of his cat, Pete. The little blue cat showed up as a character in James’s artwork around 1999 and has been a permanent fixture ever since.
James Dean’s art has been sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for fifteen years and turned his natural love for cats into his life’s work. James published his first book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006, and he illustrated his first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008. There are now almost 100 published Pete the Cat titles with more coming out all the time.
James is humbled every day by the success that this groovy blue cat has brought him. He says positively affecting children’s lives is his number one priority, and he is grateful to have such an amazing audience to work for.
Kimberly Dean is a children’s author, artist, and yoga enthusiast best known as a NYT bestselling author and co-parent of children’s book character Pete the Cat. Before fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time author and artist, she worked for the State of Georgia, leaving the Governor’s Press Office in 1998 to pursue her art.
She began selling her work at art festivals in 1999 and opened a small art gallery in 2003. She dabbles in multiple mediums and enjoys experimenting with new styles and techniques. She says of her job, “I love what I do! Work is like going to kindergarten everyday!”
In 2004, she began collaborating with fellow artist James Dean to create children’s books about Pete the Cat. The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a coffee table book of James’s art, was released in 2006. Her dreams of becoming a published children’s book author became a reality in 2013 with the release of her first children’s book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. She has now written many of the Pete the Cat books, as well as started another series starring her own characters Willow and Oliver.
Kimberly lives in Savannah with her dog, Gypsy, and cat, Phoebe. Her children and grandchildren live nearby, and her favorite word is “Lovie,” which is the name her grandchildren lovingly call her.
- Lexile Measure : AD350L
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Grade Level : Preschool - 2
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062110586
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062110596
- Product Dimensions : 9 x 0.25 x 11.25 inches
- Reading level : 4 - 8 years
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It also introduces the concept of simple math (subtraction), "3-1=2"
It comes with a link to the video book!
Outstanding children's book with a positive message. Add this one to your library.
The story itself is very simple and repetitive, but these are great qualities in a children's book. Pete's button song is so catchy and fun, I find myself singing it to my toddler randomly throughout the day. Best of all, there's not a lot of text on each page, which is great for little ones who don't have much of an attention span. It's worth noting the illustrations are bold, adorable, and definitely unique to the Pete the Cat series.
My son is 3 years old and is obsessed with this book, but I feel like he would have enjoyed it just as much at 2 or 2.5 years old. So don't be put off by the "4-7 year old" age range listed on this product page.
After only a few pages, you and your young reader will become fans of the coolest cat known to children's books. Pete the CAT adds a new level to the goal of "making learning fun", and your first venture into his groovy, hip world will surely not be your last. Pete's retro coolness will appeal to adults as well as kids, making it a pleasure to read (or listen to), even over and over (and over and over again).
For the young artists inspired by Pete: the series' brightly-colored illustrations are delightful. (You're likely to find the beloved children in your life starting to draw their own masterpieces of Pete and his feline world, opening up another world of creative expression.) Many children's books are filled with beautiful art, but art that would be overwhelming for a child (or even most adults) to attempt to model. Pete is drawn in a more simplistic way; kids will be pleased at their abilities to create their own likenesses of this charming cat.
An added bonus: this particular title (in hardback) comes with a downloadable
audio-visual version of the story. The catchy song, sung by a group of children, is easy to learn. After a listen or two, don't be surprised if kids will be singing the song as you read the book together!
Pete the CAT and His Four Groovy Buttons inspires kids to learn and be creative on many levels. It's by far one of the best titles I've seen in Children's books, and I'm betting it will be a classic these kids will read to their own children someday. (You would be wise to check out "Pete's" other books when you add this future favorite to your child's library!) -VERY Highly Recommended
(* this is an unsolicited review by a customer who paid for this book. I'm obviously a very enthusiastic fan.)
- Doc Aloha Reviews, 6/18/2015
The art is cute, the fonts are fun. I also love that Pete is a gnarly carefree American cat dude who skateboards and surfs.
I got this book before I knew who Pete the Cat was, and I was also unaware that there is apparently an entire line of Pete the Cat products available. I haven't tried any of the other Pete the Cat books or products, just this one.
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The Four Groovy buttons book is v similar. I like the tune more and it's a bit easier to remember so makes it much easier all round. It's epic stuff and it's got a nice theme/moral. We love Pete the Cat.