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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Cool cat shows how to go with the flow.

Book Eric Litwin Emotions 2010
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Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+

Great attitude.

I love that Pete is always upbeat and happy no matter what he steps in.
age 3+

Teaches kids how to adapt to situations in a fun way

Love it!!! Especially my 3 year old has been going through a crying phase & Pete teaches to go with the flow!!! We love it, sing the song all the time, she really loved being able to read it with me!! Excellent - A+++

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This one’s a kid-pleaser, with funny, memorable text, bright colors, visual humor, and a downloadable song to boot. For such a simple story, it’s a page-turner too -- kids will be eager to see what happens next, even after many readings. They’ll giggle at Pete inadvertently stepping into a pile of blueberries, which on the page looks more like an ocean of blueberries. Each time he stains his shoes, Pete looks a bit peeved, but within a few beats he’s back in his groove, embracing the latest shade of his sneakers.

This debut by singing storyteller Eric Litwin -- also known as Mr. Eric -- flows with a strong rhythm.The watercolor illustrations by James Dean flow with a jazzy cool of their own. Some literal-minded kids might take issue when the red shoes get stained by blueberries and turn blue instead of purple -- but as Pete probably would say, it’s no big deal.

Sketch-like drawings are infused with rich watercolor for fun, bright pages. A playful mix of perspective adds to the pleasure.

Book Details

  • Author: Eric Litwin
  • Illustrator: James Dean
  • Genre: Emotions
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publication date: March 2, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 7
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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