Day 20, book 20: Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons

OK gang, this is gonna be a quick one, because last night I fell out of bed so I’m not feeling super rested and alert today.

You heard that right. Fell Out of Bed.

Yes, apparently grown ups fall out of bed too. This is news. I feel like a nerd. A sore nerd, with bruises on her feet from where she kicked the chest of drawers as she crashed to the floor.

So it seems like the right day to recommend a book that is all about being cool, not freaking out, and just keepin’ on going when unforeseen stuff happens, stuff like losing your buttons (or spazzing out of your bed in the middle of the night and getting stuck down there for a little bit until you are rescued by a sweet but confused husband).

When you only have four buttons, losing one is sort of a big deal. Not for Pete. When one of his groovy buttons pops off, does he cry? “Goodness no! Buttons come and buttons go.” I like this cat’s attitude. The pattern continues until Pete has lost all his buttons and every time, he doesn’t worry one bit about it. As the cover shows, Pete just rolls with it.

I will forever be a fan of a sassy cat book, so Pete is a winner for me on that score. James Dean’s illustrations have a childlike look, brightly coloured and simple, like some you might see on the wall in a Grade 3 classroom. In terms of story, we’re not talking about life changing themes here, just a fun reading (or sing along) experience.

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons is published by Harper.

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