You know a book character is successful when you start talking about or referencing him/her like you do a real person. And that’s what we’ve done with Pete the Cat, who’s actually a pretty great non-preachy role model.
We last read Pete the Cat books — Pete the Cat and the Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes — more than half a year ago, but my son still remembers both him and the books, particularly the fact that Pete isn’t easily perturbed by small setbacks like his shirt buttons falling off. So when he saw that I’d borrowed another Pete the Cat book, he was as excited as meeting an old pal. Thankfully, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes doesn’t disappoint.
This time, Pete the Cat is singing and walking down the street in his brand new white shoes when he accidentally steps into a mountain of strawberries, which promptly turns his shoes red. True to his royal coolness, though, he doesn’t cry but just keeps on walking and singing his song.
Similarly, when he steps into a pile of blueberries, then mud, and even a bucket of water, which turn his shoes blue, brown and wet, respectively, he remains as cool as a cucumber. This is another great Pete the Cat book that will hopefully inspire kids to take things in their stride.
As always, you have to sing the song along with Pete or the story won’t read right, so do check out this video of the authors reading and singing the book live: