Monday, February 26, 2018

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way)

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) 
Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown and Company, 2017. Picture Book.

This book is amazing! Really! It is a wordless picture book that tells a story through the alphabet. So a little red cat runs out of the house and comes upon an alligator (with an “Aa” printed on the page above the alligator). Turn the page and you find that the cat keeps running (the alligator chases) as a “Bb” bear and a “Cc” chicken also join in pursuit. Various animals and events or objects are inserted at appropriate times (i.e. when the “Dd” dragon blows “Ff” fire the animals all put on “Gg” glasses). The illustrations are what make this book (and provide all the humor due to the hilarious expressions on the animals). This would be a perfect introduction to any young reader who likes to elaborate on a story (or tell the story themselves without the grownups getting in the way) and is learning the alphabet.

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