Pete the Cat’s Not So Groovy Day

(I Can Read!). May 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062974228; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9780062974211.
PreS-Gr 2–Everyone’s favorite cat is back, but this time the adventure is not so groovy. Pete is having a very bad day. It seems like every childhood mishap that can happen does. From a dirty favorite shirt to a missed bus to forgotten school supplies, Pete just doesn’t see how this day can turn around. In the end, Pete’s friend Callie turns out to be his playground hero, reminding Pete that even if his day isn’t groovy, he still is. The Deans’s latest book for early readers includes illustrations rich with contextual clues and opportunities for story prediction. The text includes short sentences with repetition. Characters converse, which provides an opportunity to highlight and introduce dialog with quotations.
VERDICT Purchase for early reader collections, as Pete the Cat is always a hit.

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