Pete is an adorable lump of an elephant who wants to tell jokes. As he plays, he tries to figure out what he is through comparisons. A sweet, humorous story of perception and the confusing, ongoing search for identity, Pete's journey provides an entry point into conversations of categorization and point-of-view while also being a giggle-inducing storytime pick.
Pete is gray. He's round. And he's not wearing any pants.
So Pete must be a boulder. Or is he a pigeon? Or a squirrel? Or a cloud?
Join Pete in his quest to answer the world's oldest question: Why do I have to wear pants? Wait, that's the second oldest. Born from the one-of-a-kind imagination of Rowboat Watkins, this hilarious book (the asides just beg to be read aloud) about finding out who you are features a satisfying and touching ending that will encourage young readers to be true to themselves as it reminds the adults in their lives to support them no matter what.
About the Author
Rowboat Watkins is a dad who likes to tell stories and draw. Nobody knows why his wife started calling him Rowboat. He was a fellow of Maurice Sendak's and lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
"Pete and his mother discover the joy of being seen for who you are and for having the freedom to express that.pants or no pants."-The Horn Book Magazine
"Many hidden delights."-School Library Journal
"This is a book you will no doubt want to read aloud again and again"--Books and Whatnot
"The escalating humor is tailor-made for little ones, as is the gentle affirmation that being oneself is the best thing of all."--Booklist
"Good for some laughs."--Geek Dad
"A lovely, absurd little tale with humor both jubilant and sardonic."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books