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Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC Hardcover – July 1, 2003


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PreSchool-K-This colorful picture book is a vehicle lover's dream-a whole alphabet of automobiles, trucks, machinery, and road signs. From "Ambulance" to "Zamboni," each page has a lower- and uppercase letter displayed, plus a car, etc., to match, and a description and illustration that emphasize the spotlighted letter. The lively text frequently includes onomatopoeic words. For example, a dump truck "thunders by with its load, stops and tips it on the ground. Clatter, crash, ka-Boom!" The book is stunningly illustrated in a deceptively simple stylized manner. Featuring bright primary colors, the pages are packed with people and vehicles in action. The endpapers present the lower- and uppercase alphabet plus all the familiar road signs. The cover flap directs children to the illustrator's Web site for related activities, including a truck cutout, road sign stickers, bookplates, and bookmarks that can be downloaded. A real winner.
Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"With verbal imagery as bright as the art...this is one ride children aren't going to whine, 'Are we there Yet?'" (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1 edition (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823417220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823417223
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Cluff on December 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The first sentence sets up a rhyme and rhythm that I expected to continue through the book, but it does not, and I find the text a little awkward because of that. The subject matter is very popular and the book does an excellent job of describing tons of different vehicles and what they do. The illustration style is pleasant to look at, however, some of the objects the letter is highlighting are not prominent in the page. The"Keep Left" sign for the letter K is almost lost in all the other objects on the page. If you have a car and truck enthusiast it would be worth it to get this book. If you are looking for an excellent alphabet book, keep looking.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Etz on March 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old son loves this book. We checked and re-checked it out from the library for half a year before we finally got him his own copy. He can easily identify the 26 vehicles and road signs that appear in the book, and -- due to countless readings -- he has the text almost completely memorized. He "reads" it aloud before he goes to sleep, and we hear him "reading" it again first thing in the morning (he sleeps with it in his crib).

Thanks in large part to this book, he and his twin sister are quite alert in the car, pointing out logging trucks, jeeps, hook and ladder trucks... It helps keep us all happy when we're on the road.

My son simply cannot get enough of cars and trucks. Priddy's "My Big Truck Book" seems to have started it all. Later we got him DK's "My First Truck Board Book," and for his third birthday we will be giving him Dk's "Things That Go."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gabrielle Mcgraw on January 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My son is nearly 2 and this is a book he chooses nightly to read. The various means of transportation thrill him. His vocabulary has grown from this book. He now points out all types of things from vans to tractors to the zamboni machine at the end of the book. A great book and something I would recomend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.A. on September 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
I wanted to love this because I love alphabet books and my kid loves trucks, but the prose is so uninspired, the word selections are a mish-mash of vehicles and signs ("K is for Keep Right") and the illustrations are perfectly nice but not amazing. There's really nothing wrong with this book, but it's not wonderful either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Traci Downs on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have a four year old son who received this book a a gift for his second birthday. He absolutely loves it. We still read it all the time. It makes a great gift too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By It'sAllAboutEllie on June 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
I brought this for my daughter when she was 2 and we are still reading it 3 or 4 times a week 2 years later.
The book has stayed a favorite because my daughter always notices something different each time she looks at it. The Book introduces many different types of vehicles, how they work and what they all do. It has sparked many coversations from how littering is bad for the planet to how sidewalks are made. It's a good read and a great learning tool too. A nice bonus is the many different road signs listed on the front and back book flaps!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom of Christian on January 28, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 20 month old son really likes vehicles and books about them. He enjoys this book, but it is not his favorite. There is a lot of information and rich vocabulary in this book, I just wish the text flowed a little bit more. It could be just the way I read it. I would recommend this book for
truck and vehicle lovers.
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By momburke on February 21, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My 2-year old son loves this book! It is one of his favorites, and we read it almost daily. The illustrations are full of bright colors, and have just the right amount of detail for toddlers. I like the combination of different vehicles and road signs, as well as the use of sound words (beep, honk, etc.) which my son so enjoys. That being said, it is not a book I prefer to read aloud, nor does my husband. The text just does not have the sort of flow that would make it pleasant to read to a child. If you are bothered by text with poor flow, then this would not be a good choice, however, if you are simply looking for a book your child will enjoy, then this may be an excellent choice.
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