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Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  790 ratings  ·  226 reviews
A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase—from A to Z.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute story told by beginning each declarative word with the subsequent letter of the alphabet. A small mouse begins a game of ball with a dog, only to stir up some ire. This leads to a chase around the house and, eventually, the mouse is caught, but sneaks away before things get too hectic. But the end, currying favour seems to be the only way to get the mouse and dog to remain friends. Neo liked this story and I made him identify the letters as we read before bed. While perhaps below his leve ...more
Mississippi Library Commission
With just a few words on each page and an energetic and entertaining tale to follow, Ooops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is an alphabet book that will draw even the youngest readers in. Adorable illustrations accompany each letter as Dog and Mouse's story unfolds. Loved this one!
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
An abc chase between a mouse and a dog!
An alphabet book that I could read in storytime!
Very clever.

A story using one word starting with each letter in the alphabet (title: O, P, Q, R). And, well written, it even made me chuckle out loud reading to myself.

Summarizing: good for young readers to retell- they can add words to make complete sentences.
Inferring: use the word and picture to gather the meaning and watch the action.
ESL: like a story, picture dictionary for nouns and verbs
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Brandi
This is such a fun take on an alphabet tells a story of a mouse being chased by a dog using each letter of the alphabet (as well as the darling illustrations) to tell the story. This would be a really fun read for a preschool/kdg. classroom. (It does have two letters that aren't the best choices for actually teaching letter sound correspondence...e is eye and o is oops.)

First sentence:

I'll chase!
Living Room

Premise/plot: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is an alphabet caper by Mike Twohy. Without using a single complete sentence, Twohy packs adventure and drama into his story. It stars a dog and a mouse.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed Stop, Go, Yes, No! A Story Of Opposites. So I decided to read the first book, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! Both books star this lovable dog. I really LOVED both books. They are great fun
Becky B
With just one or two words per page, and each word or phrase starting with the next letter in the alphabet, the story of the adventures of a mouse and a dog are told.

A very fun alphabet book that also manages to tell a story (not always a given with alphabet books). Quite clever and cute.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book. The conclusion is very cute.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick alphabet adventure with a mouse and a dog... perfect for Story Time as there are just 1-3 words per page. Plus tons of action.
Cindy Dobrez
I’m in love with this book. The action-packed illustrations that move the tale along are simple and full of humor. The abundant white space and black line drawings give this a whiteboard and magic marker look, while colorful first letters highlight its alphabetic instruction.

After reading it, I was tempted to create an alphabetic caper of my own, and I’m sure elementary school-aged children would, too; even a sequence of three or four letters with drawings could make for a fun project. I’m even
The Library Lady
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mouse is Asleep (that capital is not an error), when Ball rolls into his mouse hole and he Catches it.
And soon the wet nose of Dog is poking into his mouse hole.

You get the idea. We go from A to Z as Dog chases Ball and Mouse through the house, but it all ends happily since Mouse is very smart and Dog isn't. And all ends happily with the two of them curled up together, friends.

If Twohy was a ball player, I'd wish he batted for the Mets, because he knocks this one out of the park. A perfect bala
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read alphabet books, but a bookseller read this aloud to me at a library conference. I loved that there is a story connecting letters A to Z instead of just random objects or even a theme. Q, X, and Z nearly always seem like a stretch in alphabet books but this "story" approach didn't make me squirm like those do. The story is super cute, too!
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I adored this book. And ABC book that told a funny, simple story.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great ABC book with a dog chasing a mouse. Most unique that a story is told rather than items shown starting with the letters of the alphabet.
Stacey Mulholland
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun twist on an alphabet book

Congratulations on the Geisel award
Antonia Bartolomeo
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: “Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!”
Author and Illustrator: Mike Twohy
Genre: Children’s Literature, Alphabet Book
Theme: To teach toddlers as well as children letter identification as well as the alphabet.
Opening Line/Sentence: “Asleep” or “A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase – from A-Z.” Depending on what you consider the beginning page.
Brief Book Summary: This is an alphabet book that tells the tale of a Dog accidently rolling his ball
Lisa Edwards
I thought this book demonstrated the Alphabet in such a clever way. Personally, from my perspective, I have only encountered Alphabet books for children derived in one of two ways. The first consisting of the letter of the Alphabet, supported by a picture or multiple pictures of the word(s) that begin with that letter, typically accompanied by the written text to support the visual(s). The other form of an Alphabet book has told a story but tends to be over informational, too busy, even appearin ...more
Mama Bibliosoph
A mouse is asleep when a ball rolls into his mouse-hole. The ball belongs to a dog, so of course, an epic chase begins!

The spare, all-white background helps kids easily focus on the important elements of the story. One word appears on each page and the first letter of that word begins with the next letter in the alphabet. So our story goes (spoilers!): Asleep, Ball, Catch, Dog, Eye, Feet, Grrrr, Help!, I'll chase, Jump, Kitchen, Living Room, Missing, Nowhere, Oops, Pounce, Quick!, Run, Safe, To
Sunah Chung
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
As the title indicates, this book is an alphabet book with illustrations of a dog and a mouse in a jolly, skipping movement. Every page introduces one illustrated alphabet letter in order to deliver a story. One or two words are introduced to represent the illustrations. For instance, the word "stop" is on one page with illustration of a dog stopping in front of the mouse hole on the wall.
The illustrator did a great job to illustrating the active and playful movement of a dog and a mouse. Lin
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool and Kindergarten
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper (Hardcover) by Mike Twohy

The book received one award: Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor (2017).

The book is appropriate for Preschool and Kindergarten.

Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy is from A to Z with words and illustrations in between. It's about a little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase.

The book is very funny! Although there may not be many words, he is very clever in the wa
Victoria Lambert
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oops Pounce Quick Run! is an early concept informational picture book based on the alphabet. There is a lot of white on each page, but the white space is used in the story in various ways. There is only a word or two on each page, but they are in a large text size with the first letter in a bright color. The text follows alphabet order (Asleep, Ball, Catch...). Each picture tells the story of a mouse catching a ball that came through the mouse hole. The dog reaches in and the mouse runs for its ...more
Nolan Winter
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is for beginning readers. The book goes through all the letters of the alphabet while still telling a story about a dog. Each page has a different word or phrase that begins with the next letter of the alphabet. The story however is about a dog who spends the day chasing around a mouse until the mouse eventually gives the dog a ball and then the dog chases the ball instead of the mouse. If you are trying to teach someone to read I recommend this book because it is easy to read with onl ...more
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun to read! The reader follows an adorable little dog and mouse chase as they go through the letters of the alphabet. This book would be a perfect option for emerging readers because the context clues of the illustrations help decode the text easily and the letter are nice and big so they can be read with ease. I love the sweet ending when the dog and the mouse become friends at the end after the mouse gives him a present. This book is definitely best fit for a Pre-K throug ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: An Alphabet Caper is an adorable book for beginning readers in assisting them in learning about the alphabet in a fun way where a mouse is asleep at first and then eventually follows the ball. Each page has a different letter with a word, however, each page tells a part of the story and shows a image of the particular item or person. I like how the book is very short and sweet due to the fact that young kids reading the book could easily lose interest. The book is ador ...more
Lauren Carr
This alphabet book does a great job at not only highlighting the alphabet but also tells an innocent story as well. First and foremost, the purpose of this story is to teach children the alphabet, this is accomplished by placing one letter on each page, enlarging it and placing it in color. This pulls great attention and focuses on the target letter. In most cases, the letter is paired with a single word, with each word correlating together to tell a story. Furthermore, the illustrator is carefu ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it

So starts the adventures of a mouse, who wakes up from his nap when a dog’s ball bounces into its whole in the wall. The dog scrambles, the mouse skitters, and the chase is one through the house until the dog recovers his ball. Cleverly bookended with sleep (Asleep followed by “ZZZZZ”), the story is told primarily in pictures with one alphabetically appropriate word or phrase per page accompanying them. The accompanying background is minimal, with almost no color and the focus
Julivete Skelton
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-words, predictable
I bought this book online not knowing that it would not have words. You can imagine that I was disappointed with this purchase but I would use this book in a classroom for very new readers. Through purchasing this book, I learned that there is always a purpose for every type of book and even though I don't really have a purpose for it in the current time as a college student studying to be a teacher, I may find myself in a kindergarten classroom one day and I can use it then. I also now know wha ...more
Ryan Henry
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first encounter with a book like this and it did not disappoint. The storyline is very cute and fun. I liked the fact that it was an ABC book that used full words. My favorite part of the book however is that both the words and the illustrations follow the same story but are still different. The illustrations not only make the story but add so much more to it. I thought this book was adorable and cannot wait to use it in my classroom someday. I think students will enjoy this just as ...more
Lindsey Dinges
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: an Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy is an early concept informational children's picture book. This alphabet book only features one to two words per page, but it's page turning plot makes it a great read for any early reader. The bright and colorful illustrations help to tell a story while going through the alphabet one letter at a time. I would recommend this book for any early learning in either pre-k or kindergarten!

(I used this in my ki
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Cartoonist Mike Twohy has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine for over three decades. He has also drawn cartoons for a wide variety of other publications (from Ranger Rick to The National Law Journal) and created a syndicated panel, That’s Life, which found humor in everyday situations. The most recent of several books he has illustrated is titled Teaching Opera, the Ro

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