David LaRochelle

author & illustrator

Go and Get with Rex

Go and Get with Rex

by David LaRochelle
illus­trat­ed by Mike Wohnout­ka
Can­dlewick Press, May 2024
Ages: Preschool to Grade 2
ISBN 978–1536222067

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Who wants to play a game of Go and Get? The rules are sim­ple: on the count of three, each play­er must go and get some­thing that begins with a cer­tain let­ter. While Jack’s and Jill’s picks always fit the bill, Rex keeps get­ting it wrong—or does he? Read­ers will be eager to play their own game of Go and Get, and race to see who can come up with the most cre­ative answers!

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Awards and Recognition

  • Junior Library Guild selection
  • Tar­get’s Book Club Pick for May 2024


  “LaRochelle is very effec­tive at cre­at­ing com­i­cal sit­u­a­tions, and his text reads aloud beau­ti­ful­ly. … Well attuned to its audi­ence of pre­read­ers and begin­ning read­ers, this book is zany, fun, and down­right irre­sistible.” (Book­list, starred review)

“LaRochelle offers a won­der­ful­ly cheeky but absolute­ly func­tion­al sendup of the ear­ly read­ing primer. … This is a fan­ci­ful offer­ing that proves phon­ics can still be fun.” (Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books)

“In this pep­py read, cre­ative part­ners LaRochelle and Wohnout­ka intro­duce “Go and Get” — an “eye spy” – like alpha­bet game that keeps three play­ers on their toes. … The unflag­ging ener­gy and cre­ative play on offer should soon prompt read­ers to trans­fer the game from pic­ture book to real life.” (Pub­lish­ers Week­ly)

“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.” (Min­neapo­lis / St. Paul Star­Tri­bune)