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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416998179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416998174
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 9.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Frasier (A Birthday Cake Is No Ordinary Cake) has hold of a terrific idea: find photographic examples of all 26 letters of the alphabet amid the garish typography of state fairs. Many of the letters are studded with light bulbs; others suggest the plumpness of a corn dog, or, like a fast-talking carnival hawker, hold out the promise of an unforgettable experience with extravagant serifs, racy scripts, or jaunty two-tone coloring. Frasier then uses the letters in thematic collages--paired with images of fairgoers, animals, and souvenirs--that celebrate aspects of the fair that begin with each letter. Thus Fs become the seats on a Ferris wheel and Ss stand in for children on a giant wavy slide. Visually, the colorful and cluttered spreads evoke the energy of the fair (particularly a "midway nights" spread against a royal blue sky). However, the letters often feel like confetti, rather than being intrinsic to the scenes. "Yawning" and "Zucchini" are a fairly anticlimactic end to the book, but there's at least a hint of the smells and tastes of funnel cakes and cotton candy to be found. All ages.
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 6—This alphabet book is not just about words that begin with the 26 letters; it's also a graphic display of the myriad fonts found at a fair. Pages display many samples for each letter, both upper and lowercase, with one subject per letter. For example, "B" shows a bold red outline of a BARN and a black silhouette of a horse at the door with the structure filled with collage-style Bs. Despite the flat graphic style, the pages seem to sparkle and blink with the bright lights of a midway. The endpapers are bold collages of photos of signs at fairs. As alphabet books go, this one is delightful. As graphic art goes, it's alive with evocative, almost magical examples. Readers will be delighted with the images of fun and games, rides and blue ribbons, food and prizes. Pair this book with Lisa Campbell Ernst's The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book (S & S, 2004) or David Pelletier's The Graphic Alphabet (Scholastic, 1996) to introduce children to the delights of shapes and fonts. Introduce basic design concepts with books such as Mark Gonyea's A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good (Holt, 2005) or other graphically illustrated titles such as those by Lois Ehlert or Linnea Riley.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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More About the Author

Debra Frasier is the author and illustrator of many award-winning picture books including On the Day You Were Born and Miss Alaineus, A Vocabulary Disaster. In addition to her well-known talks on creative process, Debra's innovative "Book Events" build a community's creativity through projects that start with a story. Visit debrafrasier.com to see how a parade of words can make you laugh, how the alphabet can transform a school carnival into a Word Event, or how a talking dog can make your heart swell and teach first-person writing at the same time!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This colorful book captures all the excitement, the clutter, and the colors of a county fair! Each letter is featured on it's own page, with the letters repeated many many times in many different formats. Young readers and their parents can spend lots of time on each picture counting letters, naming all the different items and pointing out the colors. This is a concept book with quite a bit to offer and will encourage many re-reads just because there's so much to look at.

I'm not sure if this book will be the best to teach a child who does not know their alphabet at all, but any child who has a good idea what a letter C looks like will delight in seeing how many different kinds and colors of C's are strewn over the two page cotton candy spread. Kid's will see cursive L's, capital L's, and L's of all fonts and flavors in the large picture of Large Lemonade. No lower cases though, everything seems to be strictly upper.

The main impact of this book is visual. The items in the cluttered spreads don't lend themselves to extended "B stands for...." discussions. There is one item in each picture to represent the letter sound, and the rest can be from any other letter. For example, letter E stands for "Eat Everything" but features pictures of corn dogs, popcorn and pretzels just to name a few. The letter K stands for "Kids" and features two kids showing an animal and winning a ribbon. Not everything matches up. This does not take anything away though from a great book that will appeal to any child who is just discovering the power of the alphabet and waiting on pins and needles for fair time to roll around. This is a great choice to keep for a child's permanent collection. It is so fun and vibrant that kids will keep returning to it again and again. I loved the photo's on the endpapers - they were a nice touch to cap off all the clever graphic designs on the inside. A big recommend for any preschooler's library.
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Format: Hardcover
This alphabet book supports new vocabulary growth for young students- somewhat difficult to integrate into an emergent curriculum without student interest. It's a fair book to add to the classroom library. Students enjoyed the book.
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By Nancy Merchant on November 10, 2012
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Very creative and very "fair". My grandson loves it and he is just learning his alphabet. Nice drawings and good colors.
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