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


By Patrick McDonnell

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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.

From New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honor recipient Patrick McDonnell comes an exciting new take on the alphabet book for everyone who has ever wondered what’s just beyond the front door.


  • 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."
  • "This nearly wordless adventure is a beautiful example of how less is more."
    The Virginian-Pilot

On Sale
Sep 5, 2017
Page Count
48 pages

Patrick McDonnell

About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is the author and illustrator of Tek: The Modern Cave Boy, Thank You and Good Night, A Perfectly Messed-Up Story, The Monsters’ Monster, and Me…Jane, a Caldecott Honor Book. He is also the creator of the internationally syndicated comic strip Mutts, which inspired his picture books The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, and others. He lives in New Jersey.

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