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Unable to decide which outfit will make him look cool at school, Pete the Cat considers the many colorful choices in his wardrobe before discovering that it is not what he wears, but how he wears his clothes that makes him cool. Simultaneous. 175,000 first printing. - (Baker & Taylor)

From New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean, Pete the Cat can't decide what to wear to school in Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School. With so many groovy options to choose from, Pete finds the perfect way to show off his creativity.

Pete the Cat: Too Cool for School is a My First I Can Read book, which means it's perfect for shared reading with a child.


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Pete the Cat can't decide what outfit he should wear to make him look cool at school. He has so many colorful choices in his closet to choose from, how will he decide on one?

In this hilarious I Can Read tale, Pete learns it's not what you wear, but how you wear it that makes you cool.


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What should I wear?" asks Pete, who wants to look cool. Everyone he asks suggests a different part of his wardrobe, from his mother's favorite, "your yellow shirt," to the school bus driver's favorite, "your polka dot socks." After trying on three shirts, he adds long pants, short pants, socks, boots, a striped tie, and a baseball hat. A double-page spread shows Pete wearing this assembled outfit and asks, "Does he look cool?" Kids will know the answer, and so does Pete, who changes into his favorite clothes and knows he looks cool. In both the bright images and simple words, Dean delivers the "be yourself" message with simplicity, economy, and humor. Beginning readers will find plenty to enjoy here, from the short words, brief sentences, and large type to the bold black lines, plaintive eyes, and vivid colors that define the distinctive forward-facing characters. An engaging and ultimately amusing book from the Pete the Cat series for beginning readers. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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K-Gr 2—Always a clotheshorse, Pete begins this easy-to-read story by asking, "What should I wear?" He is trying to look cool for school. Obviously, everyone he queries has a different opinion about his attire, and he takes all of their advice and fashion suggestions. Wearing different colored shirts, shorts with fish on them, cowboy boots, a striped tie, and a baseball cap, he looks silly, feels hot—and goes home. He dons his favorite clothes and "feels just right," concluding, "If you want to be cool,/just be you!" One or two simple sentences per page and large illustrations set against uncluttered white backgrounds make this suitable for the very youngest readers.—Ellie Lease, Harford County Public Library, MD

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