Written by Eric Litwin, Created and Illustrated by James Dean
‘Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill.
In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill.
Who saves Christmas? Pete the Cat
What do they save it from? Absence of Santa due to illness
Santa Cat is sick in bed and calls Pete to save the day by delivering all of the gifts for him. Pete promises to give it his all (which he does in a little song about giving your all at Christmas), even though he’s just a little cat. All the gifts are loaded into his minibus and the reindeer tow him across the world. Throughout the journey, he repeats his little song about giving it his all and when he completes the job and returns to the North Pole, Santa and all the elves celebrate his success.
This book kicks off our week of Christmas getting itself into danger and having to be saved, by all sorts of characters, starting with Pete the Cat. The Pete the Cat phenomenon started when artist James Dean adopted a black kitten named Pete. He painted a picture of the kitten, but made him blue instead of black, and found himself painting Pete in all sorts of situations. His paintings lead to a book about his artwork and then a series of picture books that was started by Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses in 2008. Author & musician Eric Litwin collaborated on four of these books, which now number more than a dozen. Pete’s webpage at HarperCollins includes free download links to songs from the books (including this one), a bunch of fun activity sheets and a link to the game app for your smart phone. This book is cute, especially for fans of Pete the Cat, but doesn’t have much of a compelling plot for those who don’t have a connection to the character.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that anything worth doing is worth doing well.