More Amazon Kids

Amazon is expanding its children’s programming library with two new series.

The streaming service has greenlit Pete the Cat, which is based on illustrator James Dean’s book series, and Costume Quest, from the video games designed by Tasha Sounart. Both shows will debut next year.

Pete the Cat will be a 14-episode animated series about the eponymous feline, “the coolest cat ever and his groovy guide to life—from rockin’ out with his guitar to riding a skateboard.” Rock-and-roll legend Elvis Costello and jazz musician Diana Krall will voice Pete’s parents. The Pete the Cat books, which number more than 30, have been translated into 13 languages and have received 18 literacy awards, including the Theodore Geisel Seuss Award. Dean will serve as a consulting producer.

Costume Quest promises to be “a funny and mysterious animated” show appealing to six to 11-year-olds. It will feature “four kids facing off against the dark forces lurking in the shadows of their sleepy town of Auburn Pines.” In order “to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, they must learn to unlock and master the magical powers of supernormal costumes—with each costume comes a new set of transformations and powers.”

Amazon did not specify the number of episodes for Costume Quest, which will be produced at Fred Seibert’s Federator Studios.

The shows will be streamable with an Amazon Prime Video subscription.

For a list of Amazon compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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