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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Really cutely done (nearly) wordless ABCs book that makes you guess at what each letter stands for and tells an overall story. I felt like a dunce that it took me a little too long to figure out what a few of the letters are supposed to be (S, for instance... it's "Sun". You're welcome.), which is the only reason I'm knocking this down to a 4. I really enjoyed the illustrations- they feel like Saturday morning cartoons a bit. " said.

"I am looking forward to sharing this wordless tale of a runaway red cat and his adventures with my 3-5 year old storytime class. My preschoolers get restless when an alphabet book is too long or simply a list of 26 words about one topic. A little red cat is pursued by an alligator, a bear, and a dragon, some of my favorite picture book antagonists! We can build narrative skills as we talk about what is happening on each page and work on letter knowledge as we figure out what words begin with the letter of the page." said.

"What a clever and unique alphabet book that reads more like a wordless picture book. The story unfolds across each page, with the letter of the alphabet tying into the newest development in the story. This will definitely keep the attention of preschoolers as they practice their letters and work to figure out the story and the concept, action, or animal each letter alludes to. On each page, each letter is clearly shown in both upper and lower case in simple font, so this makes an effective learning the alphabet book if you want to use it just for that purpose as well. " said.

"First of all, it's Patrick McDonnell.
This wordless story begins when The Little Red Cat, bursts out the front door of his home, only to be set upon by an alligator, bear, chicken and dragon. Capital and lowercase letters correspond to each new character or event, creating a guessing game for readers. There's even a bathroom break. Readers can make up their own stories while hunting for the letter representation on the page. Although some are obvious, in some illustrations, there may be multiple answers, providing a great opportunity for vocabulary building. (Answers appear at the end.) Fun for all ages and a good mentor text as well.
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"This cute little story is a tiny twist on the ol' picture/label ABC book. It not only tells a story, but kids have to guess what the letter stands for. ("A" shows a picture of an alligator without naming what it is.) It's a really fun way to engage children in the story and help caregivers have conversations with kids about the books (i.e. dialogic reading). There are a few stumpers that might be very challenging for kids, and a few that can have a couple of interpretations (Many kids for "K" might immediately think "castle" instead of "king."), but it's still worth the conversation it takes to get kids to the "right" answers (which McDonnell also spells out on the very last page). Cute and entertaining and great for one-on-one read alouds or story times." said.

"When you have small children or pets as members of your family (depending on the type of pet, of course) you get in the habit of checking as to their whereabouts before you open any door of your home. The lure of the outside world is strong. You would think the music of the Sirens is calling to them. If they are faster at running through the opening than you are at closing the door, they are soon speeding away like a cheetah. You imagine them yelling at the top of their lungs, "I'm free! I'm free!" (If they are little children, they probably are shouting and laughing these very words.)

The truth is, sometimes being loose in the world is not an entirely positive experience. The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His A B C's (the Hard Way) (Little, Brown And Company, September 5, 2017) written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell follows the adventures of a family feline that makes an escape. As soon as he leaps off the front porch, races down the hill and starts on a straightaway, he realizes he has made a mistake. Without the benefit of words but with award-winning artwork inviting and prompting a story in our minds, we eagerly turn the pages as our twenty-six letter alphabet dictates the flawless flow of action.

My full recommendation:
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"Wordless (or nearly) alphabet book of a little cat who leaves his house and encounters an alphabetical adventure.

I picked this up because I love Patrick McDonnell's other books for kids ( A Perfectly Messed-Up Story and Tek: The Modern Cave Boy were regular read alouds in the library), plus it has landed on both Publishers Weekly's and School Library Journal's best-books-of-the-year lists.

Little Red Cat doesn't disappoint. It's full of cuteness, adventure, humor, and McDonnell's amazing way of depicting expression and emotion through just a few simple dots and lines. Would be great for alphabet lesson or, like all wordless books, to have readers read the pictures and tell the story in their words. A fun challenge might be to have readers write their own alphabetically adventures. Pair with another book that tell a story through the ABCs, like Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! : An Alphabet Caper.
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"First things first, I won this book through a giveaway.
Second: I'm elated to have won this book!

As soon as I opened the package my three-year-old looked at the cover and said "I love dragon books!" Now, my child loves to be read to and just started to look at books himself and "read" them to every stuffed creature in his room, so for him to instantly love this book made it a win on another level.

I am now a work from home mom, but prior to this I was a teacher and I had read COUNTLESS ABC books and can only list a handful that I enjoyed reading aloud. So many have very little plot or no plot at all. This book tells a colorful story that works not only for the intended early reader, but also for the parent/teacher/caregiver/booklover who is reading it aloud.

Premise: the little red cat runs away, meets several friends along the way, runs into some sticky situations, meets a few kind souls, and eventually makes it home. There is only one word in the entire book and it is so fitting for the age group: "NooooOOOO!" Beautifully thought out and beautifully laid out across two pages in order to keep the alphabet going smoothly.

The artwork is simple and kid friendly, which allows the child to follow the story and even dictate the story aloud with very little help from the reader. This I love. There's nothing better than an early reader who truly believes they are reading and getting the story right from page to page.

All in all, I love this book and would highly recommend it to any toddler parents, educators, or people who like to have a bookshelf filled with alphabet books. Such a great book and by my toddler's demand to "read it again Mama" directly after reading the final page, I gladly give this book 5 stars.
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