Monday, July 29, 2013

Cat week here.....the best of the best kid's book on cats

                              "Reading means borrowing."
                                          ~George Christopher Lichtenbertg, Aphorisms

Cats...ah, you either love them or you don't.  They are a part of our lives and those felines truly have a mind of their own.  They are smart, savvy, manipulative and if you own one (or they own you) you know exactly what I mean.  I am dedicating this week to the cat-lovers out there.  There are a gazillion books with a cat as the main character and I am going to highlight the best for you this week.  Enjoy...hey, who knows?  You might even break down and decide to buy/adopt a cat for your own family. Good luck with that!  If you have read or can recommend any great cat books please let me know.  Sharing keeps us all informed and up-to-date.  Feel free to leave your comments too. Thanks a million.

Title:  Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes
Author: Eric Litwin
Illustrator:  James Dean
Ages: 2-6

Pete the cat has some new white shoes and sings this song.  "I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes."  As he is walking along he steps in a huge pile of strawberries and his shoes turn all RED!  The tempo of the book is really upbeat and totally engages your child.  Kids will be perched on the edge of their seats ready to shout out the next colour of Pete's shoes. Pete is never dismayed or upset by the changes.  After a rainbow of colour, Pete steps into some water and his shoes get all WET.  Does this bother Pete?  No way!  Goodness no!  It gives Pete a brand new song to sing.  "I love my wet shoes, I love my wet shoes!"

The moral of the story:  "No matter what you step in, no matter what changes occur, keep walking along and singing your song, cause it's all good."  The book is pure entertainment and fun.  Check out the guys as they perform on YouTube - Pete The Cat - I Love My White Shoes.  Enjoy it again and again so you can learn the words, the melody and boogie along in your life.  If you visit their website you can even get prints of this awesome cat to enjoy and a stuffed replica of him too.

About the author:

Eric Litwin has won five national awards for his music and storytelling CDs. He gives more than two hundred performances each year at schools, libraries, festivals, museums, community events, and theaters. Eric is a former classroom teacher and co-founder of The Learning Groove, which creates and provides educational materials and teacher training. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit him online at

About the Illustrator:

James Dean


In 2004, Kimberly & James Dean sat down at their kitchen table to work on a children's book together. Their dream has finally become a reality with the release of this new Pete the Cat book, Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses. Both left corporate jobs in the late nineties (James was an electrical engineer; Kimberly worked in the press office of the governor of Georgia) to pursue their passion for art, and they have experienced a life made up of strange and wonderful coincidences ever since. Pete the Cat has brought magic into their lives. They work in side-by-side studios in Savannah, sharing their home with five cats and Emma the pug.


Book Review Rating:      9   (Close to Perfection!) 

There are many, many great  Pete the Cat books on the market.  The newest one is to be released on Kindle, Oct. 1, 2013 is Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.  

Read on and read always!

  Nothing to do with cats but two things you should know about:

1.  "Goodnight Moon" is now available on mobile devices for free for a limited time only on iTunes.
    "Goodnight Moon", by Margaret Wise Brown,  is still the #1 best selling children's book and the app has some of the pictures animated.  Check it out.  Great deal, great book!

2.  A while ago I reviewed the adult novel , "The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club", by Duncan Whitehead.  The book is a finalist/nominee for the Readers Favourite 2013 International Book Award.  It is a mystery/dark comedy crossover.  It is available until July 31, 2013 for 99 cents (electronic book) or your countries equivalent.  Please check it out.  It is a fun, suspenseful read, and I highly recommend it.

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