Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin (HarperCollins, 2012) is one of those sequels that may be better than the original (well, maybe; the original is fantastic too!). In this story about the cool cat, Pete loves his buttons, but they keep getting lost. With subtraction problems to follow Pete’s increasingly buttonless shirt, this book provides the added bonus of actually teaching mathematics to a young child.
The ending of this book is truly wonderful, showing that Pete, the ultimate optimist, has something to teach to all of us. My 5-year-old son and I loved this book.
My time as a Cybils judge is quickly running out, but I still have many, many picture books to share with you. I will probably keep reviewing Cybils picture books in January, because I do want to give some of these books a fair share on my blog!