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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043908069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439080699
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The mother-son team behind The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam presents 26 bold, athletic-looking lower-case letters called "Charley's Alphabet" in this unorthodox ABC. After working hard all summer with their teacher, "Capital T," they are on their way to the first day of school. But they're held up when the letter i loses her dot. Audrey Wood's (King Bidgood's in the Bathtub) straightforward text and quirky premise keep the story moving apace: "Hurry! School begins soon. We must find her dot, or we'll be late!" says Capital T. The letters come up with a plan, and race around to find a substitute for Little i to wear s offers a star, h a heart but at the last moment the mischievous dot returns (anxious about being replaced). Observant youngsters will note the dot's various hiding places in previous illustrations. Bruce Wood endows the crayon-colored alphabet letters with personality through their posture and actions, and places them in a hyper-realistic, computer-generated resort where crisp-edged gondolas glide through canals lined with candy-striped buildings and swaying palm trees. The horizontal layout of the book mimics film stills: the text crawls along the bottom of tropically colored spreads like so many subtitles. The climactic scene, a shot from high in the air, shows the letters aboard a streamlined yellow pencil bound for the classroom, where youngsters finally meet young Charley. A fresh and roundly satisfying excursion for those learning their ABCs. Ages 3-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 1-In this cleverly conceived and dramatically executed story, the small letters of Charley's Alphabet are ready to graduate to their real task, which is to help the child learn his ABC's. Unfortunately, an accident that leaves little "i" missing its dot threatens to derail the mission. Capital "I" saves the day with a clever plan and all is well for the little alphabet and Charley. There are many crafty elements to this clever story. After little "i" is rescued, the other letters are so excited that they line up in the wrong order and some are upside down or backwards. Observant youngsters will spy little "i's" dot following it. The glossy illustrations are computer generated. Highlights, textures, and shadows are extremely successful using this medium and add great interest. Each page glows with jewel tones and is a feast for the eye. Children who are mastering the alphabet will be fascinated by this book, not only because of the letters but also in the suggestion that the alphabet can be theirs.

Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


More About the Author

AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood.
She lives in Hawaii.

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss!

My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist.

On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

www.Audreywood.com

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My 3 yr old LOVES this book.
Mom of 3 Boys
A great book for children who don't yet know the lower case letters and a fun book everyone will enjoy reading again and again.
Carol Hjulberg
Alphabet Adventure is a delight of vibrant colors that cascade the pages of this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "susieq4884" on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a kindergarten teacher, I was excited to find this book in time for the schoolyear to begin. What a wonderful way to introduce the alphabet to a group of wide-eyed children. This is a must-have for all pre-school and primary teachers.
The story is charming and simple. Before the letters of the alphabet can go off to school to become "Charley's Alphabet", they are delayed by the loss of the lower case i's dot. All of the letters must help to find the missing dot ... or find a way to make the dot return so that they may get to school in time for Charley, the boy who needs them.
Bruce Wood is the illustrator on this book and he has continued the family legacy of producing bright, captivating illustrations which are just begging the reader to look more closely. Indeed, there is a story in the pictures alone. My own eight-year-old daughter read the book and then immediately went back through and looked at the pictures, pointing out little details in each illustration. This is a wonderful book. I can't wait to introduce it to my class.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on March 22, 2005
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One of the things I really like about this a,b,c book is that they use lower case letters... not to worry, the upper case letters make an appearance as well . I bought this book because I found that my daughter was having problems recognizing lower case letters. That is a "capital" problem being that, when writing and reading, most letters are lower case. It seems that a lot of pre-schoolers learn the alphabet in all upper case, which can later be a problem when they are learning to write and read.

The author used an engaging story taking the little letters and the reader on an adventure to solve little i's problem of a missing dot (be sure to look for little i's dot hiding on each page). There is also a 2 page spread in the book that shows each letter with an item they picked in order to help little i choose a new dot - s picks a star, h picks a heart, c picks a cherry and so forth.

I like this so much better than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom which uses rhymes that aren't very clever to tell a story that isn't very clever which in turn makes it tedious to read to your child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Scharp on October 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I got this book from the library, and quickly put it on our wish list here at amazon. I really enjoy reading this book to my 3 year old son...who by the way learned the letter (i) from this book and actually drew it on his magna doodle one day!! Your children will enjoy the storyline that goes along with learning the alphabet. My son requests this book again and again!
I personally love Audrey Wood's books. Her stories (inc. this one) are always fresh, innovative, fun, and lively, and very creative. The illustrations in this book are fun, colorful, and make you want to spend time looking at each and every page with your child.
Get this book and enjoy reading it with your child or class, I don't think you or your the kids will be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "da_crafty_momma" on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
My children are 5 (boy) and 3 (girl) years old. They both loved this book. The first time we read it it kept their interest. Wonderful story and beautiful illustrations. When you get to the end of the book, you realize that the book is also an "I spy" or "Where's Waldo" type, looking for the book character, little i's, dot. The kids were so excited to read the book again and hunt for the hiding dot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on September 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Charley's alphabet has been working hard all summer on Alphabet Island, getting ready for the first day of school. But as their teacher, Capital T, lines up all the lower case letters, it finds that lower case i has lost it's dot. The letters look all over Alphabet Island, but can't find little i's dot anywhere and Capital T is becoming frantic. It's the first day of school, they're going to be late and Charley really needs his alphabet. Fortunately, Capital I has a plan. He thinks i's dot is playing a prank and hiding from everyone and he knows a way to make him come out and save the day..... Audrey and Bruce Wood have authored a marvelous picture book, full of charm and humor that pre-schoolers and emerging readers will want to read again and again. Her easy to read, amusing text moves the mystery along at a good pace. But it's Mr Wood's amazing, bold, bright and busy artwork that make this book stand out and youngsters will enjoy all the wonderful details in each illustration and finding i's dot on each page as it plays hide and seek with the reader. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, Alphabet Adventure is a terrific teaching tool and a delightful way for kids to begin recognizing letters and learning phonics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
We bought this for our 3 year old son and he loved it (and learned the upper and lowercase alphabet without any stress at all). Great, colorful illustrations too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Connie C on February 27, 2006
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This book is so fun. It's part "I Spy", searching for the missing dot, part fashion show as little "i" tries on a star, a heart, even a ladybug in place of her missing dot, and just a great story too. The i-cing on the cake is that it keeps kids engaged while learning the alphabet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Pawlak on January 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
My two and a half year old daughter has shown an intrest in learning the alphabet as of late so I have been buying alphabet books like crazy. The all time best alphabet book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. This one is also excellent. It is a bit more sophisticated than Chick Chicka but it engages my daughter all the same. The premise of the story is that little i has lost her dot and all of the other letters of the alphabet embark on a trip to find it. The really clever part of the book is all of the background illustrations. For example there is a picture of a slide with the letter s sliding down it, the letter c is climbing, there are b's on a bridge. Not only can your child learn the letter's but they can start to connect the letter's to words. Every time I read this book I see something new. Your child can also help to find the i's dot on each part though this is rather difficult. The dot is small and well hidden and in my opinion too hard to find. My daughter only knows where it is from my pointing it out to her so many times. I have one other small nit picky point. For the letter J they chose a jack o latern. My daughter thinks of a jack o latern as a pumpkin which starts with p so it is confusing to her. I wish they had choosen something a littleless open to interpertation for j. An older child could understand that a jack o latern is a carved pumpkin but an older child would probably already know their abc's and not need this book. Overall we love this book and the oppurtunities to teach your child from it are endless.
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