Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Pete loves playing pickleball because he wants to have fun and become a good player. Alongside him, we find Betty the Bear, who recently started playing pickleball, Dexter the Dog, and Karina, an elderly kangaroo. From the beginning, Dexter makes it clear that winning is the only thing that matters to him. He wants Karina as his partner because Betty is inexperienced and would make him lose. However, even if they are winning, Dexter criticizes Karina while they play. Things get worse and worse until Dexter flies into a rage and storms out of the court. Pete joins him and explains something very important to him. Do you want to know what? Find out in the beautiful children's book Pickleball Pete: A Tale of Good Sportsmanship by Pamela R. Lott.
Pamela R. Lott tells young readers a great story and teaches them what it means to be a good sport. It is not pleasant to play with someone who gets angry and only wants to win; on the contrary, playing sports should be fun even if (as in Betty's case) not even the score is clear. Pickleball Pete tells the best sports story I have ever read, and I am sure kids will enjoy it. I recommend looking at the images carefully because they are beautiful and represent the pivotal moments of the story very well. I invite all young readers who love sports, and pickleball in particular, to read this book for the valuable lessons they can get from it.