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Publisher: Harper, and Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Material: hard cover
Summary: "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Cat!" In this rockin' new spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. This seasonal picture book has a rhyme that helps developing readers
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 2 to 8
Reading Level: 2.2
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is great fun to read. Pete's refrain about "giving it your all" will resonate with parents who want kids to remember the true meaning of Christmas! The story has a Twas the Night Before Christmas cadence, but a very original, modernized tale.
Pros: Bright illustrations, a selfless cat, and a great story combine for this picture book destined to become a holiday reading tradition.
Cons: None, really. People who don't have access to a computer won't be able to hear and download an audio reading and the free song.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will easily become a family tradition.
Educational Themes: This is a story meant for pleasure reading, but there are definitely lessons to share: trying your best, pitching in, doing a job even if its "not mine," caring.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.