Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is an American children's picture book written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, first published in 2008.
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is the story of a cat whose white shoes get mucked up by various substances he steps in, but "Pete never loses his cool." Written as a song, its refrain is "I love my white shoes," changing into "I love my blue shoes," "I love my red shoes," and so on.
The book, at first self-published in 2008, sold 7,000 copies in 10 months, until it was picked up by HarperCollins (who were alerted by a YouTube meme in which two little girls read the book) and distributed throughout the United States and Canada. It rose to #8 on the New York Times Best Seller List for picture books.
Author and illustrator:
Eric Litwin (also known as "Mr. Eric") is an American storyteller and musician from Atlanta, Georgia.
The book uses a character first devised by James Dean, an artist active in Atlanta, who drew up Pete in 1999 and in 2006 self-published The Misadventures of Pete the Cat. Litwin wrote a story about and a song for the cat, and the two began a partnership.
Since the success of the book, Litwin and Dean have been touring the United States, doing readings and performances (Litwin playing guitar and Dean painting Pete), including a performance in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. James Dean - singly and in collaboration with Litwin and with Kimberly Dean - has continued to produce children's books about Pete the Cat.
In 2010, the Georgia Center for the Book released a list titled, "25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read". Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is one of the books included in that list.