Saturday, September 11, 2010

Dirtball Pete


Dirtball Pete. Eileen Brennan. 2010. August 2010. Random House. 32 pages.

Dirtball Pete looked like something the cat dragged in.
It was a fact.
His mom said so, and his aunt Marion agreed.
Dirtball Pete also stank to high heaven.
This was another fact.
His sister, Amanda, said so, and her friend Janine totally agreed.


It's a big day for Dirtball Pete. He is Pennsylvania in the school's production "The Fifty States and Why They're Great." While his mom is busy trying to get him clean, trying to keep him clean, Pete is focused on his speech. While he may not be looking his absolute best when the big moment arrives, he--unlike his classmates--delivers his lines perfectly. So Dirtball Pete gets his big moment to shine--even if he is a little dirty!

I enjoyed this one very much! I loved, loved, loved the illustrations! I loved seeing the progression of Pete's appearance--from his radiant unveiling to his more familiar self. It's a very cute, very sweet book!

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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