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Pete The Cat’s Groovy Imagination

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Imagination – Book Review


For many of us of a certain age, the word groovy conjures up the old Paul Simon song about feeling groovy. For this new generation, Pete the Cat has revived that feeling. This #1 New York Times bestselling book series includes, among others, Pete’s Groovy Guide to Life, his Groovy Guide to Kindness, and His Four Groovy Buttons. In the newest Pete the Cat book, HARPER Publishers (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) introduces us to Pete the Cat’s Groovy Imagination by the prolific author-illustrator team of Kimberly and James Dean.

One big complaint grandparents often raise is that their grandchildren lack imagination. Children play with too many computers or watch too much television, they say. Enter Pete the Cat, a childlike cat, who finds a cardboard box and figures out a way to make it into a rocket ship, a yellow submarine, a race car, and even a stage.

The book offers children ways to think about alternative play on a rainy day. Thankfully, our grandkids already love Pete the Cat, so whatever he does is legitimate in their eyes. Once again, Pete ignites their imaginations. Kimberly and James Dean fill the book with colorful, playful illustrations of Pete doing what Pete does best – having lighthearted fun. The book is upbeat and just perfect for the beginning reader or the little ones who love to sit on a lap and be read to.

So next time your grandkids come to visit, pull out the boxes, read them Pete the Cat’s Groovy Imagination and then let their own imaginations soar (or speed, or float, or fly). Just be ready to climb in the box with them for a grand old time!


Emily Morgan hosts The Grand Life podcast. Now in its third season, and recently named the top grandparenting podcast by Feedspot, her podcast tackles many topics surrounding the adventure of wholehearted grandparenting.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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