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This Is My Favorite Pete the Cat
Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2016
The Pete-the-Cat books in general are our favorites in the "My First Level, I Can Read!" series. Pete may not be as well known as Little Critter, Biscuit, Fancy Nancy, or the Berenstain Bears, but he has an antic hip vibe that bests those staid franchise bedrocks.
Unlike some of the "I Can Read" books, the Pete books usually have a complete story, with a clear beginning, a couple of developments in the middle, and then a satisfying ending. I like that even in very early readers. What happens makes sense and the endings are satisfying. Each fully illustrated page has two sentences, running from four to seven words each. That's a nice length and a good and fair challenge for a little starting reader. The drawings fully support the text, and while they look a bit amateurish at first the characters are actually expressive and presented effectively.
Many of the other Pete books have a mild message, (be yourself, do your best), but this one is mostly just a train adventure story that emphasizes curiosity, being friendly, and having new experiences. For a relatively short pre-chapter book Pete's encounters on the train are pretty varied and wide ranging.
So, this is one of the few early readers books that strikes me as "set worthy" and we've been happy to collect them all over time. The paperback versions are particularly good value.