From the Series Three-Story Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Look out! A bird escapes from its cage and flies out the window. A napping cat wakes up hungry and tries to catch a snack. A dog stands guard in his backyard, ready to bark at anything that comes near. Follow the tales of three animals on one wild afternoon.

In this clever wordless comic, each animal is a hero in its own story and all three stories are connected. Lee Nordling’s simple storytelling engages young readers and provides a gateway into understanding multiple perspectives and points of view.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Graphic Novels
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV008050, JUV002190
Dewey 741.5'973
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10.25
Guided Reading Level WB
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Lee Nordling

Two-time Eisner nominee Lee Nordling is an award-winning writer, editor, and creative director who has worked on staff at Disney Publishing, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine. His book The Bramble won the 2013 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Picture Books (ages 4-8), and BirdCatDog, an Eisner Award nominee, was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best children's books of 2014, and won the Moonbeam Spirit Award for Imagination. The third book in his Three-Story Book series, SheHeWe, was a 2016 Eisner Award nominee. His current Game for Adventure series—beginning with Andrew the Seeker, and Belinda the Unbeatable, the latter garnering two starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus—concludes in Spring 2018 with Chavo the Invisible. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Cheri, and numerous pets that earn their kibble by offering inspiration.

Illustrator: Meritxell Bosch

Meritxell Bosch is a graphic novel artist and writer living in Barcelona, Spain. Her comic-art short story in the Once Upon A Time Machine comics anthology introduced her to American readers.


  • Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List, Winner, 2015
  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee, Nominated, 2015
  • Kirkus Best Children's Books, Winner, 2014


Library Media Connection

“Because it is wordless, children are encouraged to explain the story themselves. The format makes the book enticing for youngsters again and again.”―Library Media Connection

The Horn Book Magazine

“[An] innovative wordless picture book told entirely through cartoon panels.” —The Horn Book Magazine


“The bird’s peril adds just enough drama for young readers, and the wordless story allows them to make up their own dialogue and narrative based on the pictures. Bosch’s colorful illustrations add lots of humor, too, for eagle-eyed kids who like to spot details.” —Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“[E]very event can be seen from several perspectives—a point it makes most effectively.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“This innovative charmer can be read four different ways….Stylish and inventive and an excellent examination of point of view.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“A compelling, engaging, and original wordless graphic novel for young children in which readers can determine the hero…. A must-own for elementary school libraries.” —School Library Journal