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Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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Book 9 of 16 in the Pete the Cat Series

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In the original story, “Grumpy Toad” was “King Grumpy.” This was his original motorcycle.

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PreS-Gr 1—Pete the Cat feels blue until Toad shares his "Cool, Blue, Magic sunglasses" that make birds sing, skies brighten, and the sun shine. He rides his skateboard down the sidewalk and encounters animal friends along the way who are also feeling unhappy or grumpy. He shares his glasses with Squirrel, Turtle, and Alligator to improve their moods, too, until he hits a crack in the sidewalk and his glasses go flying. Wise Old Owl reminds Pete that it doesn't take glasses to make him see things positively; he can find the good in every day on his own. Though fans of the feline may find this story less engaging than the earlier ones, the charming folk-style illustrations reflect the mood of the characters. An animated version of the story is available through the publisher's website.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 330L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pete the Cat
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062275569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062275561
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This children's librarian is SO disappointed. The first three Pete the Cat books have a groovy charm that makes them read-aloud hits with everyone from three-year-olds to third graders. (I haven't read them to older kids -- yet.) They fly off the shelves at my public library -- if you want a Pete the Cat book, you'll probably have to place a hold and wait for a while. Unfortunately, the magic is missing from Magic Sunglasses, and so is author/musician Eric Litwin. I hope Pete can get his groove back, but I suspect that Litwin's absence is the problem. Come back, Eric! Pete the Cat needs you!
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I love the message and, of course, the illustrations, but it lacks the whimsy of the other Pete the Cat books. The kids loved to sing along with the songs and to shout out the phrases that were repeated in the first books (ex. "Goodness, no!") I hope this is not the end of Pete the Cat. Please bring Eric Litwin back.
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Not as good as the first three Pete books. Disappointed. It's not all good anymore! Not sure if I'll buy any new Pete books if the writing is like this.
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Although I do like this book, it's obvious that it was not written by Eric Litwin. I really miss Eric Litwin's Pete the Cat books.
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OK.. this book starts with Pete the Cat being grumpy. What, No, It is suppose to be all good!! It is clear on every page this is not written by Eric Litwin. Who is Kimberly Dean? Is this James Dean's wife? I feel a little Yoko Ono situation happening!! I miss the original Pete the Cat.. But would Pete cry? Goodness no because writers come and writers go. The moral of this story is: do not let your family member mess up a good series!!!
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This book pales in comparison with the other books. While its predecessors were witty and charming, this book is not. I'm sorry to say that the writing and the story felt forced, like it is trying too hard to recapture the feel of I Love My White Shoes and Four Groovy Buttons. One of the best things about these books are the accompanying songs and this clearly lacks that. It pains me to write this review because Pete the Cat is a HUGE favorite in our house but it seems that with the exit of the previous author, the magic went out with him.
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You can tell there's a different author for this book.
I read this to a few kindergarten classes and thought there were too many words (as opposed to the other Pete the Cat books). I also thought it didn't flow as well.

The same great message is still there, and for that, it's worth a read
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5 stars for the illustrations 1 star for the nepotism. Yes you want to support your spouse and from reading a few articles Kimberly Dean is an aspiring novelist not a children's writer. She is the Yoko of children's literature. The first two books had magic they flowed and captured kids attention from the start. Although a decent book it pales in the shadow of the original writer but it will remain a hit as long as Pete remains the same. From my understanding it was James insistence on having his wife write the new books that made Litwin leave. How would James Dean feel if Litwin had said well Eric Carle is a good friend of mine lets have him create new illustrations for Pete the Cat while you take a back seat. Unfortunately Kimberely Dean's writing talent is nowhere near Eric Carle's artistry. Thank goodness kids don't yet understand adult drama but still have to deal with mediocre books because of it.
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