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Join Pete the Cat as he counts cupcakes! Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, byNew York Times Join Pete the Cat as he counts cupcakes! Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind. The fun never stops—watch the grovin’ video online.  


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Join Pete the Cat as he counts cupcakes! Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, byNew York Times Join Pete the Cat as he counts cupcakes! Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes! Pete the Cat and his friends are busy as can be baking cupcakes for a party, and Pete can’t wait to perform with his groovy band. But some of the cupcakes have gone missing! Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure, by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it’s cool to be kind. The fun never stops—watch the grovin’ video online.  

30 review for Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Cute and colorful children's book about disappearing cupcakes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    M

    I MISS YOU ERIC LITWIN!!!!!!!!! The Pete the Cat books are just not as good without Mr. Eric. This new addition to the Pete the Cat saga is too wordy and the rhymes are too clunky. It just doesn't have the magic the previous titles had...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Pete the Cat and his friend Gus make eight cupcakes for a party they are throwing, but find that their treats slowly disappear over the course of the day. They confront their various friends, from Squirrel to Alligator, but each has a cast-iron alibi. Eventually the culprit is revealed: unable to stop himself, (view spoiler)[Grumpy Toad (hide spoiler)] has eaten all the cupcakes! The friends decide that he must miss the party as a punishment, but Pete argues that he should be forgiven, and given Pete the Cat and his friend Gus make eight cupcakes for a party they are throwing, but find that their treats slowly disappear over the course of the day. They confront their various friends, from Squirrel to Alligator, but each has a cast-iron alibi. Eventually the culprit is revealed: unable to stop himself, (view spoiler)[Grumpy Toad (hide spoiler)] has eaten all the cupcakes! The friends decide that he must miss the party as a punishment, but Pete argues that he should be forgiven, and given a second chance... Told in rhyme, Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes is the eighth full-size picture-book devoted to the adventures of that eponymous cool cat, but only the fourth written by illustrator and Pete the Cat creator James Dean's wife Kimberly, rather than original author/song-writer Eric Litwin. Although the artwork in these later entries in the series is of the same caliber as in the earlier titles, I have to say that the narratives are not as appealing. Although this one is told in rhyme, it lacks the sing-song quality that made the Litwin titles so appealing, and is somewhat awkward in execution. There is also a difference in tone, I find, as the earlier books focused on having a positive attitude, whereas these later titles seek to impart moral messages. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it does make me wonder if that was part of the reason for the Litwin/Dean split. Also interesting is that each of these later Pete the Cat books includes a reference to a biblical verse in the dedication, pointing to a religious quotation whose theme is explored in the story. This one referenced Matthew 6:14, which addresses the theme of forgiveness. Again, nothing wrong with that, but it does offer some explanation for the differences in tone and storytelling between Kimberly Dean's stories, and Eric Litwin's. Recommended primarily to strong Pete the Cat fans...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    If I could give this piece of garbage negative stars I would. Out of loyalty to the character and because I knew that patrons would ask about it, I read this and I SUFFERED. The only good thing in this entire bit of drivel is the message of forgiveness. There, I just told you that you should forgive a friend if they wrong you thereby saving you from having to suffer through the HORRIBLE text--I can't even call it rhyming because it was so uneven and atrocious at times--and the asinine plot that If I could give this piece of garbage negative stars I would. Out of loyalty to the character and because I knew that patrons would ask about it, I read this and I SUFFERED. The only good thing in this entire bit of drivel is the message of forgiveness. There, I just told you that you should forgive a friend if they wrong you thereby saving you from having to suffer through the HORRIBLE text--I can't even call it rhyming because it was so uneven and atrocious at times--and the asinine plot that dragged on and on and on and on and on and on and on (get the picture?)--and the pictures which really have become a bit creepy. According to the message of this book, I should forgive this book for ruining a character for me and wasting my time...but I cannot. I feel resentful. Give me my old Pete the Cat back!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mimi.Y

    Missing Cupcakes?? Who took them? This was on mystery Pete The Cat must solve even I didn't know until the very end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    A longer text than most of the Pete the Cat books. Children have always loved cupcakes and we certainly live in a cupcake crazed world at the moment and Pete is about to throw a party with the ten cupcakes he has made. Beginning with ten cupcakes all of a sudden some so missing and interestingly enough they disappear by twos and this is where someone could work in the concept of subtracting by 2s. Anyway Pete and Gus begin to search for the cupcake taker. One of the better Pete the Cat stories A longer text than most of the Pete the Cat books. Children have always loved cupcakes and we certainly live in a cupcake crazed world at the moment and Pete is about to throw a party with the ten cupcakes he has made. Beginning with ten cupcakes all of a sudden some so missing and interestingly enough they disappear by twos and this is where someone could work in the concept of subtracting by 2s. Anyway Pete and Gus begin to search for the cupcake taker. One of the better Pete the Cat stories in my opinion.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darinda

    Pete and Gus make cupcakes for a cupcake party. They count the cupcakes, but then notice some are missing... and more keep disappearing. Pete and Gus have a mystery to solve. A fun and colorful rhyming picture book. The message at the end is forgiveness. Also, it's good for counting with young children since Pete counts the cupcakes several times to see how many are left.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yaritza

    Who doesn't love cupcakes? I sure do! Great book for children to learn how to count, solve a mystery and forgive their best friend. Let's all have a cupcake party with our friends.Cupcakes are the best!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Too cute!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Bring Litwin back!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    The rhyme scheme in this book is so off. A sample: "Just then they found a clue. Gus said, 'Look what I have found. Sprinkles on the ground. I bet it was Squirrel. She loves sprinkles.'" Uhhhh, what?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amber Monterusso

    This is such a cute book! I would give this a 100 star rating if it was possible. My 4 year old insists on us reading it to him multiple times a day. He practically has it memorized where I can stop at the second to the last word and he will finish the last word. Or I will ask him "hey what did the turtle say?" I purchased this through scholastic from a book order with his Pre-K class. However, he cannot wait to go to the library to find more Pete the Cat books!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This is a book that teaches math concepts using suspense, who took the missing cupcakes? The book shows pages with clues of who could have taken the cupcakes (footprints). After reading the story I will the children split up into small groups. Some students will be coloring and decorating their own cupcakes. They will get paper sprinkles, markers, crayons, and glitter. Some students will be in the science center identifying different footprints. I will ask them, are these people or animal This is a book that teaches math concepts using suspense, who took the missing cupcakes? The book shows pages with clues of who could have taken the cupcakes (footprints). After reading the story I will the children split up into small groups. Some students will be coloring and decorating their own cupcakes. They will get paper sprinkles, markers, crayons, and glitter. Some students will be in the science center identifying different footprints. I will ask them, are these people or animal prints? I will be exposing them to alligator tracks, puppy prints, horse prints, and barefoot prints.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joy Keil

    One of my favourite Pete the Cat books yet! Great for counting practice as well...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ally McCulloch

    We have read this before, but it didn’t get logged. It’s a fun, little book with a surprise for the kids, teaching them not to jump to conclusions.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janey Merry

    I have loved the “Pete the Cat” series since reading the first one as a teacher to my first grade class back in 2012. He is such a fun and original character! Well, there was a sale at Barnes & Noble when I picked this one up. (Of course, if you know me, I almost never pay full price for . . . well, anything! #bargainbuyer) “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” has great rhyming text, bright illustrations, and a quick-paced story. Classic story structure pillars just like the first one has I have loved the “Pete the Cat” series since reading the first one as a teacher to my first grade class back in 2012. He is such a fun and original character! Well, there was a sale at Barnes & Noble when I picked this one up. (Of course, if you know me, I almost never pay full price for . . . well, anything! #bargainbuyer) “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” has great rhyming text, bright illustrations, and a quick-paced story. Classic story structure pillars just like the first one has which have held it up as a bestseller and popular pick. This cupcake sequel, though, has a lot more characters in it! The cast is quite a zoo including a squirrel, turtle, alligator, platypus, toad, and (of course) cat. All of Pete’s friends are gathering for a party later in the day, so Pete and Gus, the platypus, are making cupcakes for the occasion. They bake and decorate 10 treats, but 2-by-2 they disappear from the windowsill where they had been cooling! Who is the culprit? Pete and Gus must follow clues and play detective to find out, and they run into a couple of wrong guesses along the way! Fun story and adorable illustrations! I plan on adding more “Pete” books to my son’s library. Tell me, which one should I check out next? If you don’t JIVE with the Pete series, then tell me about another series. I’m all ears!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashlin Edmisten

    I really love Pete the Cat, I do. He's so cute and he's so cool, but as these stories are cranked out, they have lost their charm. Pete's not all that cool any more (Magic Sunglasses is the last time he was in my opinion), the rhymes and songs are clunky, and the stories seem forced. :( I still love him, but I miss Four Groovy Buttons Pete. Maybe the Deans can re-read the Litwin-penned books for inspiration?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Another rhyming Pete the Cat story. This time Pete and his friend Gus are trying to figure out who has been eating their cupcakes. With a little bit of math and a touch of mystery, Pete the Cat fans will enjoy this lively picture book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    A rare instance of a super popular series not just dialing it in for the bucks. I kinda liked the asymmetrical rhyming and while the plot was familiar it wasn't insipid. And it's got counting, too! Way to diverge from the formula, James Dean!

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

    So... so there was bakin' and bakin' all day. And they were bakin' CUPcakes. And they cooked them and then somebody was stealing them. And then at the end [spoiler alert], there was cupcakes all missing, and I said "Oh no, there's ZERO!!!"

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    A fun mystery counting book. Colorful and yummy illustrations.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    Lets face it the kids LOVE Pete the Cat! Especially when trying to find out who is stealing cupcakes. Such a cute book and even has a moral about second chances.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Another Pete the Cat winner! Kids will love it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Read at work before shelving. Very adorable. Loved the rhyming and the bright, colorful illustrations. Great for children's storytime with a cupcake snack!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Missing cupcakes...clues pointing to different friends...but everyone says they did not do it...can Pete get to the bottom of this mystery before all the cupcakes are gone...and then there were none?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grace Morton

    I could see how all the cupcakes left...it was hidden but I found it. :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Natal

    A fun mystery/prediction book that could be used as a tie in to subtraction. Cute illustrations and a little lesson on forgiveness thrown in.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Coburn

    “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” is one of the many books currently a part of James and Kimberly Dean’s “Pete the Cat” franchise. Blending both strong literary and counting techniques, the Deans help bring this work to fruition by employing Pete and his friends to determine who’s stealing their cupcakes before their party arrives. Being that this was the first “Pete the Cat” book I’ve read, I did not think much of its length the first time I read it. However, I noticed that other “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” is one of the many books currently a part of James and Kimberly Dean’s “Pete the Cat” franchise. Blending both strong literary and counting techniques, the Deans help bring this work to fruition by employing Pete and his friends to determine who’s stealing their cupcakes before their party arrives. Being that this was the first “Pete the Cat” book I’ve read, I did not think much of its length the first time I read it. However, I noticed that other reviewing the story noted its increased length in comparison to its predecessors. This is one of the few children’s literature pieces that I actually wouldn’t consider utilizing either inside or outside the classroom. I did not appreciate the Dean’s artistic style; nor their irregular use of rhyming. The use of end rhymes were as out of place as the book’s storyline itself. I understand that the authors wanted an element of suspense to be present in their work, but it was so unclear who the characters were attempting to hold accountable for stealing cupcakes! The story essentially took on the theme of a witch-hunt – with the takeaway that it is somehow acceptable to jump to conclusions. Images had an uneasy feel about them, and I was surprised to discover that some of the characters maintained a scowl throughout the whole book. I also did not appreciate the lack of character development, as well. It felt almost necessary to read other books in the “Pete the Cat” story franchise to gain an accurate picture of the protagonist and supporting individuals. “Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes” did not have the firm foundation necessary to be a standalone text, nor one with a positive impact on readers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madison Runcorn

    Pete the Cat has always been a favorite when it comes to story time with the little ones. Pete is a fun, loving black cat who gets himself in situations and sure does have fun with his life. On this particular volume, Pete and his friend Gus made 10 cupcakes for Pete the Cats cupcake party, but all of a sudden the cupcakes kept disappearing. Pete and Gus went on an adventure to figure out who the cupcake thief was. After a few assumptions and guesses they figured the the thief out. But how can Pete the Cat has always been a favorite when it comes to story time with the little ones. Pete is a fun, loving black cat who gets himself in situations and sure does have fun with his life. On this particular volume, Pete and his friend Gus made 10 cupcakes for Pete the Cats cupcake party, but all of a sudden the cupcakes kept disappearing. Pete and Gus went on an adventure to figure out who the cupcake thief was. After a few assumptions and guesses they figured the the thief out. But how can someone really turn down a good looking cupcake, I know I would't be able too! The way the author illustrates the pictures allows you to really capture the fantasy that was written. The author wrote this book as a rhyming book which allows the read to get into what they are reading, it creates a deeper meaning of the story. This book would fall under the fantasy genre because there are talking animals, who are making cupcakes, and different species getting along. These were unreal actions and events that presented talking animals as if they were doing human-like actions. The illustrations were very pop-art and cartoon, you can tell by all the colors and painting like pictures. I highly recommend this book, super cute and very up lifting for a great bedtime story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paige Miller

    Summary: Pete is having a cupcake party and his friend Gus is helping him make cupcakes. They lined up the cupcakes and counted them when they were finished, there were ten cupcakes total. "Uh Oh," says Gus, "someone took some of them." As cupcakes continue to disappear, Pete and Gus go on an adventure to uncover the case of the missing cupcakes. This is a silly, classic Pete the Cat story with colorful illustrations and many of Pete's familiar storytime friends. The students will learn about Summary: Pete is having a cupcake party and his friend Gus is helping him make cupcakes. They lined up the cupcakes and counted them when they were finished, there were ten cupcakes total. "Uh Oh," says Gus, "someone took some of them." As cupcakes continue to disappear, Pete and Gus go on an adventure to uncover the case of the missing cupcakes. This is a silly, classic Pete the Cat story with colorful illustrations and many of Pete's familiar storytime friends. The students will learn about being a good friend and even work on their math skills. Activity: I would turn this into a math activity. I would let the students all make, decorate, and cut out their own cupcakes as a fun activity. Then I would split them up in groups of two and have them do math problems using the cupcakes as counters/manipulatives. Examples: 1. 6 + 7 = __ C C C C C C + C C C C C C C = __ (13 cupcakes) 2. __ - 6 = 7 fill in the blank __ - C C C C C C = C C C C C C C (13) FREEWRITE: Think of a time when things didn't work out how you wanted and a friend hurt your feelings in some way. Did you forgive them? Why should you? Citation: Dean, K., & Dean, J. (2016). Pete the cat and the missing cupcakes. HarperCollins.

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