What Pete Ate from A to Z

What Pete Ate from A to Z

by Maira Kalman


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A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
A Recommended New Book for Missouri Students

A Miami Herald Best Book of the Year

Is there anything Pete won't eat? Poppy's charming yellow dog starts off by eating Rocky's accordion. All of it. He snacks on a bouncing ball that belongs to Uncle Bennie's dog Buster, and then makes a meal out of the rest of the alphabet. From glue sticks to underpants, Pete works his way through all twenty-six letters in Maira Kalman's creative take on traditional alphabet books. Packed with Kalman's trademark bright artwork and a hilarious story filled with wordplay and repetition, this alphabet book is pure fun from A to Z.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142501597
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/15/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 309,168
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

November 15, 1949

Place of Birth:

Tel Aviv, Israel


New York University, 1967-70

What People are Saying About This

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Kalman unleashes her extravagant whimsy in this loquacious alphabet book. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

Richly witty in both the text and the illustrations. (The New York Times Book Review)

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What Pete Ate from A to Z 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alphabet book about what Pete the dog ate, he eats some very weird things.
DistractedLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book will make you laugh throughout! As with all of Kalman's books I've read, you notice more details in the art work each time you read it. I've read this one probably a hundred times and it never feels stale. Our family has adopted some of the lingo and refer to parts of the story in general conversations. A fun and refreshing take on the regular ABC books.
AlisonLucas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really quirky and creative alphabet book. A child describes objects eaten by her dog, Pete to go along with each letter of the alphabet. Unlike most alphabet books, the readers can get a peak into the life of the narrator and her friends and family.This book is not suited for beginning readers because of obscure vocabulary and the artistic font. It would be very fun to share though!
bostonbibliophile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, funny alphabet book with great pictures. If you like Maira Kalman's distinctive style of illustration you will enjoy this sweet book perfect for kids of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago