Synopses & Reviews
Open up a fresh and stylish story about growing up and keeping hold of your favorite memories. As the year passes, the narratorand#8217;s favorite dress goes through a series of creative changes, from dress to shirt to tank top to scarf and so on, until all thatand#8217;s left of it is a good memory. Assisted by her patient and crafty mama, the narrator finds that when disaster strikes her favorite things, she doesnand#8217;t need to make mountains out of molehillsand#8212;she and#8220;makes molehills out of mountainsand#8221; instead! Structured around the days of the week, the story is also illustrated to show the passing of the seasons, a perfect complement to the themes of growing older and keeping hold (and letting go) of special mementos.
Praise for Iand#160;Had a Favorite Dress
"A spunky story about adjusting to change with creativity and style. Tailor-made, so to speak, for the Etsy generation of DIY enthusiasts.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Everyone is smiling in the buoyant confections created by illustrator Julia Denosand#8212;including, itand#8217;s fair to say, young readers looking at them. Endearing picture book.and#8221; and#8211;Wall Street Journal
and#8220;What could have been yet another example of kindergarten consumerism instead becomes one of resourcefulness and resilience.and#8221; and#8211;New York Times
and#8220;Denosand#8217;s multimedia illustrations reinforce the narratorand#8217;s vibrant personality and the amazing transformations of the dress while capturing the action and emotion of the story. This book is sure to capture the imaginations of would-be seamstresses; children who canand#8217;t bear to part with a favorite item; and those who want to reduce, reuse, recycle.and#8221; and#8211;School Library Journal
and#8220;Breezy in style, they smartly stitch each scene of alteration as the not-so-little girl sashays through the days of the week and the seasons. A charming interpretation of an old story that will speak to young fashionistas.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
*andquot;Maderand#39;s fine use of pastels and apt choices of detail, surfaces, and light and shadow provide storytelling and viewing sure to be widely enjoyed.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
* andquot;Another winning tale of feline misadventure.andquot;
andmdash;Booklist, starred review
*and#160;andquot;With knowing, understated narration, this is storytelling at its most elegant.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred reviewand#160;and#160;
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as we steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good.
Ages: 3 - 7
An inspiring picture book about a brave cat who has the courage to bounce back from a frightening fall from the tiptop of the world. A must-have, modern classic. The perfect addition to a child's first library.
A curious cat plus a big fall leads to squashed confidence. How this cat bounces back will encourage readers everywhere to try, try again.
About the Author
Eric Litwinis a guitar-strumming, song-singing, banjo-picking, tale-telling, song-writing, national-award-winning, music-producing, fun, folksy type of guy. He loves to blend song and story together and is inspired by the depth and simplicity of folk songs and folktales. Eric is a popular performer, delighting thousands of children and families every year. He has recorded two award-winning children's music CDs.
James Dean's art has sold in more than ninety galleries and shops across the United States. He has devoted his paintings to Pete the Cat for ten years and has turned his natural love for cats into his life's work. James published his first adult book, The Misadventures of Pete the Cat, a history of his artwork, in 2006. He illustrated his first self-published children's book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, in 2008, and the follow-up book, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, in 2011. James lives in Savannah, Georgia, with his wife, four cats, and one dog.