Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper / written and illustrated by Mike Twohy. 9.6.2017

Balzer + Bray ISBN 9780062377005

PRI PS-Grade 1 Rating: 5

A dog’s ball bounces into a mouse’s hole and chaos ensues in Mike Twohy’s Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

A New Yorker cartoonist, Twohy manages to introduce characters, a setting, a plot, and a satisfying conclusion using just 30 words to accompany his delightful artwork. From A to Z, the busy story unfolds, one word (occasionally two) to a page. The large-font alphabetical text will appeal to preschoolers, who are also highly likely to enjoy the fast pace and the overall silliness.

Twohy’s felt-tip and India ink illustrations are vivid against their plain white background and are rich with feeling, action, and humor. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is pure fun, with a heartwarming resolution and all the right qualities for a child’s picture book.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ