Book Review: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

December 2, 2013

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean
From Miss Heather at Butler and Lucas

Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed, so to speak?  Readers of the Pete the Cat books know that Pete never has this problem!  No matter what, he keeps a song in his heart and a smile on his face and simply adjusts to whatever mishaps come his way.  People of all ages sometimes need to tell themselves just keep walking along and singing your song; put one foot in front of the other and smile, it’s all good!  It was this message that made me an instant fan of Pete the Cat when his first book came out in 2008.

pete the cat and his magic sunglasses

In the newest book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, readers will be shocked to see a grumpy Pete!  He’s never been grumpy before and wonders what to do when you are feeling the blues.  Lucky for him, Grumpy Toad comes along without his well-known frown and offers Pete a pair of magic sunglasses that help him see things in a better way.  Pete’s mood is transformed with the magic sunglasses and suddenly he sees the beauty in the simple things around him like the bright sky, sunshine, and sounds of the birds singing.

Maybe you are ready for a little Bob Marley right about now?  I certainly heard the lyrics, “two little birds perched by my doorstep singing don’t worry, about a thing, cause every little thing’s gonna be alright” at this point in the story!  Pete’s song in this book has that same message, but to a different beat — and you can decide how you sing Pete’s lyrics: “The birds are singing.  The sky is bright.  The sun is shining.  I’m feeling ALRIGHT!”  (I stretched out the ALRIIIIGHT and one first grader told me I sounded cool like a biker!)

Readers get the main message of the book on the last page from the Wise Old Owl:  “Pete, you don’t need magic sunglasses to see things in a new way.  Just remember to look for the good in every day.”  And, what a wonderful message that is, for people of all ages!  With a little conversation, I think children from 4 years and up could ‘get’ this book and have it put a smile on their faces.

Thanks for a great review, Miss Heather!  We can’t wait to see what other adventures Pete has!

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