A 2017 Geisel Honor Book
In the vein of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and other classic cartoons, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is a hilariously clever alphabet caper, perfect for fans of LMNO Peas and Z Is for Moose.
A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase—from A to Z.
This charming picture book is from celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Mike Twohy.
The turbulent relationship between a yellow dog and a gray mouse unfolds through a snappy alphabetical series of words and phrases. As story opens, the mouse is "Asleep" in his den when the dog's "Ball" lands in its lap ("Catch"). Twohy (Wake Up, Rupert!) creates lively action sequences in pen-and-ink illustrations that reveal the animals' path of destruction as they give chase: the mouse careens toward a coffeepot ("Kitchen"), while the dog knocks over a lamp while rounding a corner ("Living room"). The whirlwind chase reads like a Sylvester and Tweety Bird episode, but terror turns to tenderness as the mouse returns the ball as a gift ("To dog" reads the tag), and the two fall asleep in a heap as buddies ("Zzzzz"). To-the-point text and clear situational comedy create a graspable, gratifying read. Ages 4 8.