The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)
by Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Illustrated in clean, crisp drawings, we follow a little red cat who decides to go for a run. But yikes! He runs into an alligator. Then a bear chases the alligator and cat. Then a chicken follows them. They run through the entire alphabet, slipping on Ice, swinging through Jungles and all the way back to where he began in his bed, where he Yawns and sleeps (ZZZZ’s). Clever, fun, imaginative; there’s ‘energy’ on each page. The drawings leave it up to the reader to discover each letter’s “word”, although words are given at the end.