What Pete Ate from A to Z (Hardcover)

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What Pete Ate follows Pete, a very good dog, but sometimes not so good, as he alphabetically eats his way through a bunch of items he definitely should not be eating. A truly lovely way to learn your alphabet. Maira Kalman is my absolute favorite illustrator, and her line and gouache drawings are whimsical and extremely charming.

— From Elizabeth


Is there anything Pete won't eat? Poppy Wise's sweet but unruly dog starts with Nico's accordion and works his way through the alphabet, making a nuisance of himself by leaving nothing untouched, not even glue sticks or Uncle Norman's underpants. Despite Pete's ravenous ways, a frazzled Poppy Wise can't help loving him. Kids will laugh at Pete's impossible cuisine, adults will appreciate the offbeat sense of humor, and both will love the artwork that perfectly captures the fun of the text in this unique alphabet book only Maira Kalman could create.

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."

Praise For…

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)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780399233623
ISBN-10: 0399233628
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 1st, 2001
Pages: 48
Language: English