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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the hard way), written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. Little, Brown and Company, Hachette. 2017. $23.49 ages 3 and up

"It starts with an ALLIGATOR
and a BEAR
chasing a CAT.
(and a chicken and an egg!)
join in pursuit ,
things start to get

Oh, my! What a wonderful picture book this is! It is definitely one of my favorites so far this year. Is that even possible when we are talking about an alphabet book? It is proof positive that you can never have enough, if brilliant artists continue to think beyond what has been done up until now.

Obviously, Patrick McDonnell has done that with his new book. It will bring laughter and joy to those who share it ... and then 'read' it again and again. The pace is perfect, taking young children from one letter to the next while also making them feel as if they are on the very best kind of adventure. What a way to learn about the letters that will soon form the words they can not yet read!

There are no words; there are only letters (upper and lower case). Sunshine and an open door are all the incentive the little red cat needs to burst into the day and put him on a collision course with a  cast of six characters whose antics are filled with humor and whose adventure is filled with unexpected twists and turns. As an adult, I was not content to look at it once. I kept making new discoveries. All young readers will find what on the page matches the letter displayed.

Lots of white space allows for attention to be fully on the pen, ink, pencil and watercolor artwork that is so captivating.

You would be remiss to 'miss' it!

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