Category Archives: Humor

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

“The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

Not your typical ABC book, as  the Little Red Cat of The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way) learns his ABCs in this wordless adventure story.

As Little Red Cat steps outside his front door, he is chased by Alligator, Bear, Chicken and Dragon.

(What action is the letter E? The egg.)

Pursued through a kingdom and over mountains, he becomes lost and has to find his way home.


In the back of this book, a word list depicts the words that accompany each letter. Illustrations provoke humor and emotion all while “teaching” the ABCs without one word.

This book promotes imagination, humor, and originality.

TITLE: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, originality


1) Invent your own wordless ABC adventure.

2) Pick two consecutive letters of the alphabet. Create a two page spread showing your characters doing an action using the two letters to direct the action like Patrick McDonnell did with letters F (fire) and G (glasses).


To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:



Meet the Claymates, two balls of clay that can become anything.

When the artist leaves the room, what could possibly go wrong?

Continue reading Claymates

Once Upon A Banana

Once Upon A Banana”

Rhyming street signs pair with fun illustrations to tell a rollicking trouble-causing adventure in this wordless picture book, Once Upon A Banana. The catastrophe starts when a runaway monkey escapes from his trainer. The monkey throws his banana peel on the sidewalk instead of placing it in the trash as the sign states.

Someone slips on the peel, knocks over a ladder, causing the painter to fall into a cart, which leads to…

and leads to…

and leads to……

This book promotes creativeness, cause and effect relationships and imagination.

TITLE: Once Upon A Banana

AUTHOR: Jennifer Armstrong


PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, imaginative, cause and effect relationships


1) Make a list of all the signs you see around town. Invent two signs of your own. Make them rhyme with each other.

2) Like the problem in the book, someone slipping on a banana peel causing an entire town to turn upside-down, use the idiom “it’s raining cats and dogs” as the problem in your story. Imagine what might happen and then write a story.


To learn more about author Jennifer Armstrong, visit:

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