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A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet Paperback – January 9, 1987

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A Bright Book Containing Colorful Drawings and Energetic, Fun Graphics . . . Here Is Joy for Kids Little, Medium, Nearly Nine and Older . . . People that Quickly Read it Six Times Understand Very Well the Excitement of Youthful Zaniness.

About the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, writer, and songwriter. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold—“mostly to friends and family,” she says. She has also written and produced five albums of award-winning children’s music. Three of her albums have been certified Gold, and Philadelphia Chickens, nominated for a Grammy, has gone Platinum.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Reprint edition (January 9, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089480507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894805073
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandra Boynton is a popular American cartoonist, children's author, songwriter, producer, and director. Since 1974, Boynton has written and illustrated over fifty children's books and seven general audience books, including five New York Times Bestsellers. More than 60 million of her books have been sold--"mostly to friends and family," she says. She has also written (with Michael Ford) and produced five albums of renegade children's music. Three of her five albums have been certified Gold [over 500,000 copies sold] and "Philadelphia Chickens," nominated for a Grammy, has been certified Platinum [over 1 million copies sold.] Boynton has also directed six music videos of her songs, including the award-winning "One Shoe Blues" starring B B King. She lives in rural New England, and her studio is in a barn with perhaps the only hippopotamus weathervane in America.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
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My daughter was a year and eight months old when I first bought this book. Admittedly that's a bit early for an alphabet, but it was the illustrated adjectives that she loved from the start. Angry, Bashful, Clean, Dirty, ... Young, Zany. She was practicing facial expressions in the mirror and still imitates the cat's frown when she wants to warn us that we're crossing the line - and she's quick to giggle out of it when we recognize the imitation.
We started Boynton with a gift of Barnyard Dance (5/5) and have bought many since. A is for Angry, Snoozers, and Barnyard Dance are the most fun and stick more than any of our other books (by anybody), so far (eight months later).
Enthusiastically recommended.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
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The letters are big with adorable animals beginning with each letter. My daughter loves 'X is for nothing' (no animal begins with X) and 'Z is for zoo' where you get a two page recap of all the letters and animals. A great book!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Karen Baker on November 21, 2001
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I bought this for my 3 year old son and he loves it, as do my other kids, 5 and 2. The kids love the silly animals doing silly things, Sandra Boynton's trademark. There is an animal and an adjective beginning with each letter. I like that there are negative emotions sprinkled in-- ever get sick of kid's media being either all sweetness and light or all obnoxious backtalk, with no real life anywhere? My kids sit and discuss why the Anteater might be Angry (someone ate all the ants?) or why the Opossum is Outraged (the Playful Pig on the facing page is making fun of him!), which has been so interesting to listen to! This is a very cute, interesting, not ordinary alphabet book that is engaging for many ages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2004
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This ranks right up there with the best of Boynton's childrens' books. (I don't like them all and I don't give many "5"s).
This is just such a fresh fun approach to the alphabet and it uses the best of her whimsical humor. So many alphabet books out there just use one noun for each letter but breaking from tradition she uses adjectives (gasp!) and nouns. She also doesn't use unicorn or umbrella for "U". Great for learning. Great for fun. Worth every penny.
I'm glad it became available again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Ludwig on October 24, 2008
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This is another fun book from Boynton. Her silly animals illustrate an array of emotions, important vocabulary for growing children who need words to express their feelings. Preschool curriculum emphasizes the need for children to learn negotiation and conflict management. A lack of vocabulary to describe feelings often thwart these goals. This book is a wonderful and fun way to learn.
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This is a great alphabet book. It features witty illustrations that tie each letter of the alphabet to an adjective and to an animal that demonstrates the adjective used. Although some of the adjectives, like "Rotund" are above a child's vocabulary, it's never too early to introduce new words to them. I also like that some of the adjectives describe feelings, like "Angry" and "Grumpy," providing children with words to describe their own feelings. Very cute.
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My son is still too young to appreciate the educational value of the book, but as a mom reading to him I was getting burned out on reading the same books over and over and moved on to this one. The illustrations are great and I love how each letter, the animals and the adjectives are all tied in together.
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By Kindle Customer on November 5, 2013
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This might just be my favorite Boynton. (Okay, no. I still like "But Not the Hippopotamus" best. I think.) Anyway, this one is terrific for giving little ones new sounds words in alphabetical format. And the expressions on the animals faces! I hope I never meet an angry aardvark!
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