Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper

illus. by Mike Twohy. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. Feb. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062377005.
Toddler-PreS—An alphabetical romp that tells what happens when Dog accidentally rolls his ball into Mouse's house. Dog is irritated about the missing ball and winds up chasing Mouse out of his den and all through the house. The story resolves with Mouse wrapping the ball up and giving it to Dog. Dog unwraps it, thinks it's very cool, wags his tail, sends "XOXO," and finally says yes. Then the two of them happily take a nap together: Zzzzz. Twohy's fast-paced book is spare, with simple line illustrations, few colors, and one or two words per page. Felt-tip pens and India ink were used to create these illustrations, and the lines Twohy uses in his drawings convey Dog's curiosity and Mouse's panic to escape, as well as the energetic antics of the story. This book will work nicely as a one-on-one read but will also be a good pick for toddler storytimes.
VERDICT A general purchase for early childhood collections.

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