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Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
Pete the Irate Pie-Rat, written and illustrated by T. Alan Stanley, holds an amazing message for young readers. Pete, a rat, collects pies. He’s a Pie-rat. But one day his pie collection disappears. Pete becomes irate. He looks everywhere for the pies and then heads off to ask his friends if they have seen them. His friends just happen to live in far away places like China, England, the United States, and Morocco. Pete asks each one if they have seen his pies. Each answers no and offers to help him search. That is until Pete visits his friend in France who has an answer to the missing pies and to Pete being irate. The ending will surprise the reader.
T. Alan Stanley has created an amazing story line and beautiful illustrations in his book, Pete the Irate Pie-Rat. The theme of friendship is shared in a creative setting and hooks readers, whether young or older. The themes of friendship and perseverance fit well into any grade level’s character development. The geography fits well into an elementary school setting. The beautiful illustrations include life-like pictures of a pie-rat in a variety of cultures. Classroom discussion abounds on each page. Mr. Stanley has included a vocabulary list and a map of Pete’s routes in search of his pies. The content and illustrations provide a book which I feel would motivate reluctant readers, especially young boys. It’s always hard to find these types of books. In addition, the play on words - pirate/pie-rat - is one young readers love also. I highly recommend Pete the Irate Pie-Rat to any young reader.