The Bookstore Cat by Cylin Busby

The Bookstore Cat by Cylin Busby; illustrated by Charles Santoso. 2020. Adobe Photoshop. Published by Balzer & Bray.

Brief summary: This adorable bookstore’s ginger cat is described using various adjectives about his life in a bookstore. Young readers will have fun learning about this cute cat’s story.

Comments: This book could be used in so many ways. First, as a book to be read for entertainment. Second, a great book to use for teaching adjectives for an English language lesson

Third, this may be a good book to use in music class too. There is a note from Cylin Busby on the front pages explaining that this story was inspired by a Victorian parlor game that she played with her family as a child. Players sit in a circle clap a rhythm while taking turns finishing the sentence. “The minster’s cat is an (adjective) cat.” The next person has to say an adjective describing the cat with the next letter of the alphabet.

Follow the funny antics of The Bookstore Cat from A to Z through his bustling, book-filled shop in this fun storytime read aloud with author Cylin Busby!

O is for Ohio by Kelley Clark

O is for OhioO is for Ohio by Kelley Clark; illustrated by James Balkovek. 2019. Published by Outskirts Press.

Brief summary: Readers go through the alphabet learning about some of Ohio’s unique local history, animals, and people.

Comments: This book could be read for primary and secondary students, as it is set up with larger fonts for young readers and smaller fonts  for older ones with more detailed features.

I learned some things about Ohio I did not know earlier such as “P” is for Paczki donuts.

This is not a narrative nonfiction picture book, but I included it in my reviews. I think it would be a good addition to have in a school, classroom, or personal library.


The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s(the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

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

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s(the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell; illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. 2017. Pen and ink, pencil, watercolor and spot digital color. Published by Little, Brown and Company.

Brief summary:  A cat ran out the door of a house and encounters an alligator. The alligator joins the cat to meet a bear. The cat, alligator and the bear come across a chicken. The chicken joins the trio and soon there is a dragon.  The story continues with the five of them. The adventurous  story is wordless with only the capital letter and small letter of the alphabet on the page along with something that begins with the letter. Aa Bb Cc

Comments:  Story without words. There is a list in the back of all of the letters and corresponding  words. I like that this ABC book is different by not telling the reader what the letter is about on the page.  Surprise: It may not be a noun.

Sidenote: I was thrown by the ‘s of ABC’s when I first saw the title of the book. ABCs was taught to me as being plural. I did some research online and found that sometimes ‘s is used to mean a plural to avoid confusion.

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ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet by Juana Medina

ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet by Juana Medina; illustrated by Juana Medina. 2017. Digital illustrations and photographs of a variety of pastas, herbs, and cheeses. Published by Viking Books for Young Readers.

Brief summary: This book of alliteration is a fun and whimsical alphabet story of the many variants of pasta. Students will enjoy the whimsical illustrations of pastas.

Comments: You may recognize the author/illustrator from the 2016 picture book called 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book.  Teachers and Teacher-Librarians could bring in the various pastas to share with children after reading the book to them.  Students could match the pasta to the photos in the book. I have no doubt that a “no-eating” rule would have to be incorporated to this activity. A Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper) pasta recipe is in the back.  I would like to have seen a pronunciation chart in the back too of the various pastas. I plan to stop and go to the online dictionary and type in the pasta variant. Students will repeat the word back after the computer voice says it correctly. This would add a little information literacy as well to the mix. This would make a good addition to the concept/ABC collection in the library.

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ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera

ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera

ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera; illustrated by Roman Olivera. 2016. graphics

Brief summary:  Transportation and the related are listed alphabetically with bold graphics giving a nostalgic style and feel. Upper case and lower case letters are on each page such as Aa, Bb, and Cc.

Comments: This would go well with ABC and transportation units. This is his second alphabet book with ABCs on Wings printed last year.