Great news, friends! Patrick McDonnell’s picture book The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) has been included in The New York Times’ list of Notable Children’s Books of 2017, and in Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2017 list.

The Little Red Cat, released in September of this year, has received four starred reviews and praise for offering an exciting new take on the traditional alphabet book. The mostly wordless story follows a red cat who embarks on an adventurous chase — and meets an alligator, a bear, a chicken, a dragon, and much more along the way. Below is a recap of some of the great reviews this book has received so far.

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away (ABC Book)

“Give this book an F, yes, an F: for fun and funny.” — Kirkus Reviewsstarred review

“Touches of wit and plenty of zip recommend this for lap-sit sharing.” — Horn Bookstarred review

“[A] gloriously fun escapade … teeming with visual wit …” — Publishers Weeklystarred review

“A brilliant capter that young readers will want to pore over!” — School Library Journalstarred review

“McDonnell’s work once again proves to be silly, sweet and even timeless.” — The New York Times Book Review

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