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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes by James Dean

Kate gave me a challenge to go out and find a picture book that the two of us hadn’t read. And in the end . . . I completely and utterly failed to do what she’d requested. I decided to do Pete instead. So it goes.

With this entry, Kate makes a VERY strong case for why this book missed an opportunity involving the color wheel. After she points it out to me, I exclaim, “This could have been Color Kittens: Part Two!” Just a hat tip to the Provensens there. Kate also points out that the actual moral of this story is, “Watch where you step.” Meanwhile, I get to riff on James Dean the actor (if he were ever to make a picture book), Kate tells me that hedgehogs are super smelly (who knew?), and we dive deep into Pete’s confusing lineage.

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  • Here is Eric Litwin’s interview with Line Up the Books. I found the most information about the man here. Interesting that though he’s been so hugely successful, there aren’t that many interviews with him out there in the world.
  • How do you sing this song? Here’s how Litwin would do it:
  • Where are your other two shoes, Pete? Where’d they go, buddy?
  • “The bird, literally, has no point.”
  • Kate’s tattoo selection returns! I forgot about her deep and abiding love of the kitties. So here’s the Pete that looks kittenish to her.
  • In real life, “The length of a cat’s whiskers are as wide as its body.” Cat’s whiskers are to Kate as improperly held knitting needles in picture books are to me.
  • Here’s the Pete the Cat website in case you want to check out all those Pete videos.
  • And here’s the Pete the Cat television show. You know you’re curious. Behold the trailer. Is it just me or is it really painful to watch anytime you see Pete’s mouth? Plus I miss the messiness of the original art here. Seems like a lost opportunity.
About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. I would like to say that “muddy violet” is going to be my screen name for all future things requiring a screen name.