Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kimberly & James Dean
Illustrator: James Dean
Pete the Cat presents quotes from the greats—Confucius, Helen Keller, Thomas Edison, and more—while providing his own thought-bubble interpretations using both words and images. A total of 24 quotes are included, and Pete’s “groovy” personality shows through in all of them.
To readers who are already fans of Pete the Cat, this book would be an enjoyable and worthwhile addition to their collection. However, for those unfamiliar with the other books and Pete’s character, this seems like just a book of famous quotes accompanied by childlike pictures and simplified versions of the quotes. Ideally, the quotes could provide opportunities for adults and children to discuss their meanings and implications (especially given both the full quote and the simplified version), and the pictures are bright and cute enough for children to find enjoyment in them. If you’re looking for a story with a plot, however, other books will be much more interesting to you than this one.