- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316502464
- ISBN-13: 978-0316502467
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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PreS-Gr 1—McDonnell's abecedarian tale takes a small scarlet cat on a breathtaking adventure. The clever tale—wordless except for two signs and one warning shout—begins when the feline notices his home's front door standing open and takes to the hills. He almost immediately comes upon a gape-mouthed Alligator, a climbing Bear, and an agitated Chicken along with a couple of other pursuers of the D and E variety. A chase begins with the cat leading his entourage through a day filled with ice and snow, a jungle, mountain peaks, and a potentially hazardous tumble off a high cliff. Humorous pen, ink, pencil and watercolor illustrations surrounded by copious white space are energetic and highly engaging for readers. The large letters of the alphabet appear near the top of the page and feature both capital and lowercase forms. While most illustrations offer a clear-cut answer to what each letter represents in the sequence, there are a few pages that require some thought; an answer key can be found at the end of the book. VERDICT A brilliant caper that young learners will want to pore over! A must-purchase.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI
Praise for The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way):
A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2017
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017
An Amazon Best Book of the Month (September 2017)
School Library Journal's Best Picture Books of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of the Year 2017
Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2017
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of 2017
A Nerdies 2017 Selection
ALA-ALSC Notable Books for Children List 2018
*"Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny."
―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*"Touches of wit and plenty of zip recommend this for lap-sit sharing."
―The Horn Book, starred review
*"Gloriously fun...teeming with visual wit."
―Publishers Weekly, starred review
*"Energetic and highly engaging...A brilliant caper that young learners will want to pore over!"―School Library Journal, starred review
"McDonnell's work once again proves to be silly, sweet and even timeless."―The New York Times Book Review
"McDonnell recaps the letters and implied words at the story's end, but there aren't any real stumpers--just the pure pleasure of retelling this manic romp, using the alphabet/illustration combo as cue cards along the way."
"Delightful."―The New York Times
"Simplicity doesn't take away from the humor."―Booklist
"This nearly wordless adventure is a beautiful example of how less is more."―The Virginian-Pilot
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Patrick's McDonnell's charming art, and simple and engaging exploration of the alphabet will make this one a bedtime favorite.
I like this so much, I may have to buy another copy for myself, after this copy gets gifted to the niece and nephew.