Dean, James Pete the Cat: Rock on, Mom and Dad! HarperFestival, 2015. $6.99 PICTURE BOOK
One morning when Pete the Cat is almost late for school he
realizes how much his mom and dad do for him and that he has never thanked them.
He tries his best to come up with a way to surprise them, but finally turns to
his big brother for help. After some sage advice, Pete uses his own talents to
create a thoughtful surprise for his parents.
This is a cute story, but not quite as quirky as other books
about Pete. I like the message of giving something from the heart but it might
be lost on younger readers. The illustrations are simple and bright, and this
book has the added appeal of coming with stickers, posters, and little cards.
Though that won’t be great for a school library.
Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.