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Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (My First I Can Read) Paperback – February 26, 2013
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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.
According to the giant wristwatch on Pete the cat’s skinny arm, it’s 12 o’clock, which means it’s lunchtime. Pete decides on a sandwich and starts with a loaf of bread, “a yummy fish,” tomato, and mayo. But the sandwich is “too small,” so “Pete adds a pickle. / Pete adds cheese. / Pete adds an egg, / two hot dogs, / a banana, / and a can of beans.” But when his enormous eyes are bigger than his belly, Pete whips out his cell and invites friends to share. As in the previous Pete the Cat books, Dean’s naïf blue feline is a real charmer and the simple sentences are spot-on for emergent readers. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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 sensible, and groovy.
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.
The "message" if you want to call it that, of this book is that when you build a sandwich that's way too big for one, well just call a few buddies and have them come over to share. That works for me.
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.
In this one, the lesson is about sharing with friends--an excellent lesson. Pete builds a sandwich that's too big for him to eat alone, so his solution is to invite his friends over for lunch.
Anyone familiar with the P the C series will find this a typical tale. It's a good one because any child can relate to lunch. In this regard it's better than Pete Plays Ball because that definitely has concepts not familiar to every child.