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What are the "Pete the Cat" books about?

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"Pete the Cat" books follow the adventures and misadventures of Pete the Cat. The central character in the books is described as a groovy blue cat who keeps his cool no matter where he goes. In most of the books, Pete the Cat responds positively to any trouble he runs into, and often finds creative ways to turn problems into opportunities for a good time.

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"Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes," the first book in the series, is written as a song in which the cat's white shoes get stained in various ways. Despite this, Pete keeps his cool simply by adding the new colors of his shoes into the chorus of his song, changing "I love my white shoes" to "I love my red shoes," "I love my blue shoes" and so on.

"Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons" tells the tale of Pete as he loses the beloved buttons on his yellow shirt one by one. Once again, Pete takes this in the best way possible, saying "Buttons come and buttons go." Meanwhile, the book represents the dwindling number of buttons in basic equations. Pete remains unflappable even when he loses his final button, taking it as a cue to go surfing.

"Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" adds a groovy spin on the traditional tale of "The Night Before Christmas." The series' author, Eric Litwin, also produced a Halloween-themed book, "Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins," in which the perennially cool cat takes on the classic children's song "Five Little Pumpkins."

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