THE DAY THAT A RAN AWAY
by B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrated by Lenny Wen
ages 4 and up
While Mrs May is checking her students’ homework, she notices that Jet hasn’t managed to write down the letters of the alphabet. Instead of providing a familiar excuse, Jet offers Mrs May an elaborate story about how every letter happened to leave his page while he was walking to school that morning.
The Day That A Ran Away clearly and cleverly moves through the alphabet from A to Z. Each page has a number of items to find and the simple rhyme on each page will help readers remember the letter sequence. The story also touches gently on the concept of homework and the importance of making an effort.
What a cute ABC read and, of course, perfectly timed for the school year.
Master Jet (loved this name) must write the ABCs for his teacher. But he can't! When she asks him the reason, he explains what happened to each of the letters. Every single one has their own reasons for not being present. The question is...will the teacher accept his explanation?
This is a bright book, packed with tons of quirky silliness and imagination. The school scenes only take up a couple of pages...which in the beginning, I was missing a bit more to lead into the story...letting the rest of the tale concentrate on those frustrating ABCs. Each letter's predicament is described in a very short, two-line rhyme found somewhere on the illustration. This makes it great even for shorter attention spans and allows the illustrations to carry the book as much as the words.
The letters are easy to decipher while still holding a very individual, slightly monsterly appearance. Each one has a very distinct personality, insuring that young listeners are sure to find their personal favorites. Giggles are guaranteed as the pages pass. But that's very much the point. Although this book does help introduce younger listeners to the alphabet, the concentration remains on silliness and fun. It's the kind of book kids are sure to enjoy.
And here he is...
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