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Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, 2012.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Added Author:
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.


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An award-winning and bestselling Pete the Cat hardcover picture book!

Count down with Pete in this rocking story that makes counting fun! Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt--the one with the four totally groovy buttons.

But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song--after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons?

This book is a winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. Plus the fun never stops--download the free groovin' song!

Don't miss Pete's other adventures, including Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues, Pete the Cat and the New Guy, Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie, Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes, and Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party.

Author Notes

Eric Litwin is the New York Times bestselling author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. He is also the author of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas. He is a popular performer who has recorded several award-winning children's music CDs.

Eric is also the cofounder of the Learning Groove¿, a dynamic early-learning music company.

Eric is a former classroom teacher.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

In his fourth picture book, Pete the Cat loves (and sings about) the buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn't freak out: "Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go." In bold, primary colors, the number of buttons remaining on the shirt appears at left, both as a numeral and written out, and the diminishing buttons are represented in basic equations (3-1=2). Even after all his buttons are gone, Pete takes it as a cue to go surfing. Readers who need a reminder not to sweat the small stuff will find a model of unflappability in Pete. Ages 3-7. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Guitar-playing cat Pete's love of buttons is reflected in the song he sings about those on his shirt, which keep popping off, leading to new verses--and new subtraction lessons. This Pete book is like the others: the lyrics don't work without their song (found on the publisher's website), but Pete is an appealing, sleepy-eyed slacker-troubadour in vivaciously colored scenes. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

This third Pete the Cat title finds the unflappable feline digging his favorite shirt: My buttons, my buttons, / my four groovy buttons. Then one of these buttons pops off, leaving three. Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! / Buttons come and buttons go. He alters his song to reflect the new number. Another button pops on his skateboard, and while getting ice cream, and finally atop his surfboard, until there's just one button left his belly button. Litwin's repetition will make this easy to sing along with (a free song is available for download), and Dean's art gives everything a sunny-day-at-the-boardwalk feel.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-Pete loves his special shirt so much that he just has to sing about it all the time: "My buttons, my buttons,/my four groovy buttons. My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons." It's not one of those songs that will repeat itself in children's heads throughout the day. In fact, it is boring. And, it is a large part of the text. As each button pops off, the song changes to adjust to the number left. The question is asked, "Did Pete cry?/Goodness, no./Buttons come and buttons go." The text is slim and repetitive, and the math problems are very simplistic. The text just does not hold readers' interest, but the illustrations are charming and humorous, with a hint of Chris Raschka's pen and gouache style. The blue-black cat has huge eyes and a deadpan expression as he sits on a skateboard, or a surfboard, while buttons fall off his shirt. No matter what, he maintains a reason to sing. When all the buttons are gone, he remembers he still has a button to sing about: his belly button. Not a first choice.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Union, Washington & Waldoboro, ME (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In his third outing Pete the Cat follows the pattern of his previous appearances: Despite repeated wardrobe malfunctions, he maintains his upbeat attitude and bouncy charm. This time around the focus is on the buttons on Pete's favorite shirt, instead of his shoes, and there's even a bit of math involved. Still, for readers who have met Pete previously there's not much here that's new. Pete moves from his cozy chair to a skateboard to the street outside to a surfboard on top of an old-style Volkswagen Beetle. In each spot, for no apparent reason, one button pops off. The repeated refrain asks "Did Pete cry?" and answers "Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go." As a song it's likely perky, but read aloud, the text can seem tedious and overlong. Still, the brightly colored, childlike paintings and playful typography should keep kids' attention, and some will also enjoy identifying the large numerals as they count backwards from four to zero. A final twist finds Pete admiring his bellybutton, which will always be with him unlike the "stuff" that "will come andgo," offering the option of a mildly anti-consumerist message for parents who choose to emphasize it. Fans will definitely want to visit the publisher's website to check out the extras, while newcomers will either do the same or let Pete go, depending on their taste. (Picture book. 3-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.