Published by Candlewick (Released September 8)
Summary: “See the cat,” says an omniscient narrator (later identified as Book). But all the reader sees is a dog, and he’s not happy. He is NOT a cat. He is NOT a blue cat. He is NOT a blue cat in a green dress. And his name is Max, not Baby Cakes! But a surprise ending turns him into a red dog. There are two more stories featuring a snake and a hippopotamus, in which Max ultimately takes matters into his own hands to make the stories go the way he wants them to. And ultimately the way he wants the stories is to go is to let him take a nap. 64 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: I have a great deal of admiration for easy reader authors, particularly at this very beginner level. David LaRochelle has created not one, but three stories that even the earliest readers will be able to read on their own. The cartoon-style illustrations are fun, as well, and will help kids figure out the story.
Cons: A couple longer words, like “unicorn” and “embarrassed” may be a challenge for the intended audience.