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The Little Cat Who Ran Away …

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

By Patrick McDonnell

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Language Development and Reading: Concepts; Adventure: Animals; Humor: General

Grades: PreK – 1


Bestselling and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell uses the ABC’s to tell a hilarious, high-energy alphabetical adventure.


It starts with an ALLIGATOR and a BEAR chasing a CAT. When a DRAGON (and a chicken and an egg!) join in pursuit, things start to get REALLY interesting. A wild and wacky chase through snow and ice, and to jungles and over mountaintops, leads the whole crew to a wonderful realization: They’re better off as friends.



★ “A brilliant caper that young learners will want to pore over.” –School Library Journal


★ “It’s teeming with visual wit, and McDonnell’s cartoons illustrate the emotional dramas of the chase with telegraphic clarity.” –Publishers Weekly


★ “Touches of wit and plenty of zip recommend this for lap-sit sharing.” –Horn Book


★ “Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny.” –Kirkus