by Michael Rex
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2018
The illustrations and words in Eat Pete! dance together beautifully as readers follow a suspenseful path. We open with a monster with a one-track mind to “Eat Pete!” When Pete meets the monster, he offers to play cars with him. The monster really wants to eat Pete, but decides to play car because he never has before. The moment they are done with cars, Pete suggests they play pirates. The monster had never played pirates before and agrees, though he’d much rather eat Pete. Pete stays one step ahead of the monster, until the monster does eat Pete! The clever twist is that the monster is bored and spits Pete up, until he decides to…. You’ll have to read the surprise ending in this classic suspense.