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Contributor(s): Dean, James

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ISBN: 0062110667     ISBN-13: 9780062110664
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2013

Annotation: A beginning reader story about super-groovy Pete the Cat follows his haphazard participation in a youth baseball game, where he learns the importance of fair play over winning. Simultaneous. 125,000 first printing.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Cats; Fiction.
Baseball; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2013005125
Lexile Measure: 120
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: My First I Can Read
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.25" (0.15 lbs) 31 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 159071
Reading Level: 1.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q71001
Reading Level: 1.1   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Pete the Cat makes a towering sandwich, which he shares with friends; he plays baseball and strikes out, but has fun regardless ("He is not sad. He did his best"). Neither easy-to-read story is all that compelling, but Lunch is more entertaining than Ball, which reads like instructions for good sportsmanship. The colorful, stylized illustrations lend both books a lighthearted tone. [Review covers these Pete the Cat titles: Play Ball! and Pete's Big Lunch[c1].]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 July)

PreS-Gr 2— In Big Lunch, Pete decides to make a sandwich. Of course, the more he adds, the bigger it becomes. This is a good thing because he is really, really hungry. He forgets to remove the wrappers and adds cans, jars, and boxes to the ever-teetering tower of items. As he piles on the food, children's giggles will grow right along with the expanding "sandwich." Once it becomes too big for the small cat to consume, he must think of a clever solution to his dilemma, which he does with a little help from his friends. In Play Ball!, Pete is baseball ready and his team, the Rocks, are facing the Rolls in a big game. The players warm up and, when the game is over, both sides greet one another with high fives. Even though Pete does not play his best game, he has a good attitude about making mistakes and not being sad about errors he made. This is a great title to spark a discussion about sportsmanship. In both books, simple cartoon art in bold colors and large text make the books a treat for beginning readers.—Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN

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