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Go and Get with Rex

Go and Get with Rex

Written by David LaRochelle
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Candlewick, May 7, 2024
Picture Book, 48 pages
Ages 3–8

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-53622-206-7

Awards & Good Things

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Target Book Club Pick

Book Description

Jack, Jill, and Rex are excited to play a game of Go and Get! The rules are simple: on the count of three, each player must goand get something that begins with a certain letter. While Jack’s and Jill’s picks always fit the bill (What starts with F? Frog! Fish!), Rex keeps getting it wrong (a duck?)—or does he? A laugh-out-loud primer on subverting expectations that will have readers clamoring to play Go and Get themselves—and competing to see who can come up with the most creative answers.

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“From the creators of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning See the Cat, here’s another genuinely funny book. LaRochelle is very effective at creating comical situations, and his text reads aloud beautifully. In Wohnoutka’s expressive gouache illustrations, which include speech balloons, Rex’s puppy-dog eyes and body language make the story’s outcome seem inevitable, but surely kids wouldn’t have it end any other way. Well attuned to its audience of prereaders and beginning readers, this book is zany, fun, and downright irresistible.”

-Booklist (starred review)

“From the Geisel Award–winning team comes another surprising, amusing, and educational treat for beginning readers. Expert pacing enhances the humor. Expressive cartoons highlight the deadpan moment before the narrator (and readers) catch on to Rex’s unexpected wins. Quirky, unexpected fun.”


“A perfect book for kids who know the alphabet but aren’t yet strong readers — or for any kid who likes to laugh. With comical illustrations and a brief, easy-to-read text, this book is both funny and subversively educational.”

-Star Tribune

“The unflagging energy and creative play on offer should soon prompt readers to transfer the game from picture book to real life.”

-Publishers Weekly

“No better way to learn words beginning with letters than laughing through it! Rex the dog participates in a game called “Go and Get” and – seemingly – brings back items that don’t match the letter. Except that he actually does. Vibrant art & hilarious text couple will make this book a popular read aloud. And the game would be SO SO fun to recreate with our youngest learners!”


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