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What's the story?
Pete the Cat is feeling uncharacteristically grumpy. Along comes Grumpy Toad, who is uncharacteristically cheerful. Grumpy Toad credits his \"cool, blue, magic sunglasses\" for clearing away his blues. Pete tries them on and notices singing birds and the sun shining brightly in the sky -- and, just like that, he's feeling fine. He comes across several friends down in the dumps: Squirrel, who found but one acorn; frustrated, upside-down Turtle; and lonely Alligator. Each dons the sunglasses and finds his day turned around. When Pete accidentally breaks the sunglasses, he learns he doesn't need them to change his perspective.
Is it any good?
The story lacks the rhythmic charm that made the first books such a fun read-aloud with children, but it preserves the same easygoing, optimistic spirit. The pages glow with bright, light-filled illustrations.
PETE THE CAT AND HIS MAGIC SUNGLASSES brings back big-eyed Pete for his fourth picture book, but this time he has the blues. The advice here is a bit simplistic: In his earlier adventures, Pete adapted to change and made the best of it, but here it's simply a matter of focusing on the good things in life. This may be slightly more difficult for young children to relate to, but it's good enough advice presented in a cheerful, bright format.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Families can talk about how the sunglasses work. They don't fix Squirrel's, Turtle's, or Alligator's problems, so how do they help?
- If you've read some of the other books featuring Pete the Cat, how does this book compare with his other adventures?
- When you're feeling angry or grumpy, what helps you turn your mood around?
- Authors: James Dean, Kimberly Dean
- Illustrator: James Dean
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: October 1, 2013
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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