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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (Pete the Cat)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  5,716 ratings  ·  626 reviews
Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins
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"It’s all good!"

Oh, how I love this coooool cat and his groovy laid-back ways!

Bright blues, yellow, and red rule the pages in Pete’s world. Pulling readers in page by page with vibrant color and pure soul soothing energy and attitude. The simplicity of Pete’s life lesson and message will hit readers of all ages with a smile. Mr. Litwin is a master at sneaking right up on his readers with an “isn’t-that-the-truth” message to live by.

Pete will add an extra bounce in your step, lighten the load on
I always forget to mark picture books as "read!" I've used this one several times in storytimes, most recently a couple of weeks ago.

It's my favorite Pete the Cat book, other than the original--and sometimes I think I might even like this one better!

In addition to the wonderful refrain, I like that there are a lot of details to notice in the pictures than aren't necessarily mentioned in the text--the color of the buttons, the different settings where Pete goes, etc. I enjoy pointing those out i
I saw Eric and James perform this book at the Dublin Literacy conference and I could hear them in my head while I was reading it. Fun book with a good message.
My almost-five-year-old son picked this book out from the library this week.

My son ADORES Pete the Cat, and here is why:

1. Before I even finished reading this book through for the first time, my son had taken over the story and got it pretty much spot-on.

2. Pete the Cat is Cooooool. He doesn't get flustered when things go wrong, and when you are almost five and learning to be independent, things can go wrong very often.

3. Pete the Cat is funny. He just is.

4. Pete the Cat is a sharp, but sill
Jim Erekson
As a pop phenomenon, I can see why this could take off, become kind of viral.

As a concept book on simple subtraction, it works. The cat's "it's all good" attitude and standard coolness provides some subtle humor as he loses his buttons in random settings. Overall there's not much here. The return to the refrain, the song, provides a decent moment for imagining what the tune would be like and how it would sound being sung instead of read as prose.

But then I see that they want me to download the
Lu Benke
Don't really need to be on the lookout for great books to use with 2's and 3's in storytimes, but somehow I keep looking for them anyhow. And this is definitely one! Even has a nod to content literacy with subtraction a major theme. But it's the bright, clear colors, repetitive language and irrepressible optimistic cat that will make the kids like this. They won't mind the cool things Pete's doing either--e.g., skateboarding and surfing. And, I can just see the satisfied look on their faces when ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Teri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Teri by: Caryn
I am new to this series. Had never heard of these books. Thanks Caryn for the introduction and telling me about the song. So cute. You can find on youtube. I played the video/song for our 4 year old, she was captivated, then I read the book. She loved it. I heard her in another room singing the catchy tune. I love the counting and subtraction in the book as well as not crying when buttons pop off a shirt,etc. "Do we cry? Goodness no! Buttons come and buttons go." Words to live by.;) A good philo ...more
Button, button, Pete's got buttons, Pete's looses buttons, does he get upset? Nope. He's ok with it.
This is such a colorful book , full of fun and carefree attitude. Kids learn subtraction, and a way to deal with loss in a positive way.
Not everything is the end of the world as we know it, and Pete has a great way of showing kids that not everything has to be taken as a crushing blow. I kinda' like that. Children learn how to deal with things from a very early age, this is a positive step in ho
I LOVE this book! It makes me happy. Basically Pete the Cat has a shirt with four groovy buttons. And he goes around and we can sing the song of

"My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons."

Then a button pops off. Of course Pete the Cat isn't upset about what happens. He just goes around singing about his "three" (or less) buttons. And what happens at the end...that is just perfectly amusing!

This is going on a storytime list in the near future (in whatever theme I can fit it into next). Lik
Are you an instructor who wants to maximize your teaching and learning time with cross-curricular activities? This is a great book for students just learning about subtraction or addition. While building literacy skills, it also illustrates the subtraction process with lots of vivid colors and a really groovy cat. It includes a song for those who are musically motivated. The ending provides the surprising bonus of a valuable moral for students to ponder.
Audience: primary
genre: fiction -fantasy
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture -- comedy
Book Share:

Love a fun book that you can interact with? Or maybe sing a song? This book is about Pete the Cat with some groovy buttons--but something goes wrong. Pete has to keep a positive attitude while things tend to go wrong.

If you like the previous Pete the Cat books or a good dose of humor, you'll love Pete the Cat and is Four Groovy Buttons. Pete's groovy buttons have a mishap--what does Pete do? And what does he find out in the end?
Tina Sample

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Eric Litwin, Author, James Dean, Illustrator

In his fourth picture book, Pete the Cat loves (and sings about) the buttons on his yellow shirt, but when they pop off one by one, he doesn’t freak out: “Did Pete cry? Goodness, no! Buttons come and buttons go.” In bold, primary colors, the number of buttons remaining on the shirt appears at left, both as a numeral and written out, and the diminishing buttons are represen
Audience: Primary-Math Theme
Genre: Picture Book-Math-Comedy
Book Share: Have you ever had a shirt you loved, but it kept falling apart? Well this happens to Pete, in the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. Pete doesn't get upset though, goodness no! He keeps movin' on. If you like songs, counting, and cats with buttons, you are sure to love this book. Read this book to find out what happens when Pete loses ALL his buttons.
My students are in LOVE with Pete the Cat, so know matter what story it is of his, they adore it! I played the song along with it from HarperCollins Childrens and that stays in your head for a long, long time! My 1st graders were walking out of the library singing, "My buttons! My buttons! My four groovy buttons!" :-)
Amber Lovett
Created and illustrated by James Dean. Story by Eric Litwin. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. 2012. 32 pp. $16.99. Harper. 978-0-06-211058-9. Part of the Pete the Cat series. Pete the Cat is back and he’s very pleased with the four groovy buttons on his jacket. But when he loses them one-by-one, Pete never loses his trademark nonchalance. As he skateboards along he remembers he has one button left - his belly button. As with the other Pete the Cat books, children are taught that when th ...more
Cute episode of Pete the Cat. He's proud of his buttons but they keep popping off. I like how subtraction is taught to children. Pete the Cat is just plain cool!
Shanshad Whelan
Not bad. This was so much better than the second Pete the Cat book. It kept more to the tone of the original book with an easy refrain to remember and repeat. While it's not quite as good as the first, I think it's a fairly strong presentation.
This book is hilarious, but add to it the youtube promo and I just die every time I read it to my almost-two-year-old (which is a lot, btw). I love the zen-like message ("buttons come and buttons go") and the introduction of simple subtraction.
Michelle Nero
Ok, I have to admit when I first read this I tried singing Pete's song with the "old" tune and it just didn't work. But did I cry? Goodness, no! I just went to the internet and listened to Eric sing Pete's song. Buttons come and buttons go!
Shakeema Gabriel
I love the Pete the Cat series!!!!! This book shows you can still be happy about life no matter the obstacles you go through. You could teach colors as well as numbers in this book. This would be a nice art and crags project.
Dec 15, 2014 June rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone working with small children
I am becoming a huge Pete the Cat fan. This has been a huge hit, from lap time to story time to class visits and day care out reach. 12/7/12

Just love Pete the Cat! It was a hit in PJ Story Time
Katrina Dombrowsky
My toddler crowd and their older siblings love Pete the Cat! They sang along with me each time Pete sang his song, and many shouted "No!" when I asked, "Did Pete cry?" Definitely a fun read-aloud.
Love Pete! You must absolutely find the song and listen while you read along. I love the message about just rolling with it and not getting phased by the bummer stuff.

Love the message and the illustrations, and most importantly, the song! My buttons, my buttons, my four groovy buttons! Most kids I know adore this one.
Another storytime gem. Don't go acting this out though, otherwise it'll get XXX! A flannelboard extension however, would be very appropriate.
Another fun story from Mr. Eric! This would make a great gift for a child ages 3 to 6.
Sandy Irwin
Pete the Cat is just too groovy! And the counting is integrated well into the story.
Anna Dipprey
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy buttons is a great story for young children. The pictures are all very bright and inviting. This is definitely a book for pre k or kindergarten children. I read another Pete the Cat books in a SPED classroom, and they all loved it!
This book would be best used as a read aloud book because it is so interactive. This would be great as a read along with a whole classroom. This book deals with very basic subtraction, and could be a basic introduction to math concepts
Edward Sullivan
Pete gets philosophical about his groovy buttons.
So great! Loved the surprise ending :)
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“Did Pete cry? Goodness no. Buttons come, and buttons go.” 10 likes
“I guess it simply goes to show that stuff will come and stuff will go. But do we cry? Goodness, NO! We keep on singing.” 0 likes
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