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Pete Won’t Eat

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Pete Won’t Eat

by Emily Arnold McCully
Illustrator(s): Emily Arnold McCully
Hardcover | Pages : 24
Size: 8 X 10 | USD $14.95
ISBN: 9780823428533 | Pub Date: 2013-09-01

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Easy Readers, Family & Relationships, Humor
Recommendations: A,C,H,K*,SLJ*

About the Book

Everyone is mad at Pete! Even Mom! But Pete can't eat that green slop that Mom made for lunch. He won't even taste it! His siblings want Pete to eat so they can go out to play. But Pete stands firm. And his siblings desert him.

Mom makes Pete stay, but she is feeling sad about it. She is about to make him a sandwich when Pete decides to try the slop. He likes it!

In addition to enjoying the yummy slop, Pete has learned the benefits of keeping an open mind and trying new things.


★"This charmer of an early reader presents an ironic twist on the tried-and-true picky-eater character by casting him as a pig. . . . McCully's watercolors are comically expressive and engaging. New readers will eat this up."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★"The book's bigger format leaves plenty of room for the uncluttered, colorful cartoon pictures and appropriately placed large font. Short, simple sentences; similar vowel sounds; and repetition add to readers' ability to decode the text."
"—School Library Journal, Starred Review

About the Series

I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers.—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews

Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!


Read an exclusive Q&A with author, Emily Arnold McCully!