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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Kipper
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054410
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Kipper and his little friend Arnold are on an alphabet search. It all starts when the young pig Arnold finds an ant. "Aa is for ant. And Arnold." Well, to be perfectly honest, it starts a little earlier, before the book even officially begins, when Kipper the pudgy brown dog tells a zebra, "We won't need you till much, much later." Throughout, as Kipper and Arnold find (and sometimes lose) a buzzing bumblebee, a caterpillar (actually, the caterpillar finds them), a duck, and a menagerie of other alphabetized critters, the earnestly eager zebra appears, ever hopeful that his day in the sun has arrived. "Nn is for No, not now!" Kipper tells him. After "Juice...And a bit of jam, too," "Splish! Splosh! Splash! And six squishy slugs," and V, which is "very, very hard" (when they can't find a volcano, they make a picture of one instead), the zebra asks one last time. "Is it my turn? Is it? Is it?" Kipper is happy to report, "Yy is for Yes!" The zebra stands proudly in the middle of the page, and everyone says, "Zz is for Zebra!"

Mick Inkpen's enchanting Kipper stories can be found on TV's Nick Jr. and in his many picture books (Kipper, Kipper's Birthday, Kipper's Snowy Day, and lots more). This Alphabet Adventure, with its adorable details and witty subplots, is sure to win hordes of new fans. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Creepy crawly critters and recurring jokes feature in this sprightly ABC tale. In a teaser, ahead of the title page, the eponymous pooch tells a zebra, "We won't need you till much, much later." Inkpen thus signals his plans to eschew a formulaic abecedarian approach and introduces the letters in inventive ways, giving his volume a rollicking spontaneity and a story line. In some cases, the author subtly slips the spotlighted letter into the narrative, which follows Kipper and his pig pal, Arnold, as they encounter bugs, animals and other objects, most of which Arnold places in a box (e.g., "He opened his box and put the interesting insect inside"). Other whimsical touches include the reemergence of creatures introduced on previous pages; inventive use of type (as on the spread introducing h, when the text forms an arc shaped around a hill); the intermittent appearance of the earnest zebra, who wants to know if it's his turn yet (to which Kipper replies, "No, not now!... You don't begin with N"); and one quite waggish omission: "Kipper couldn't think of anything beginning with K. Can you think of anything?" Yet likely the strongest selling point here is Inkpen's signature charming, childlike art, which offers endearing images of these expressive young animal characters at every turn. Adorable, breezy, clever, this is the alphabet book of choice. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998.

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My 3 1/2 year old loves this book.
K. Taylor
It's a cute book and great for entertaining as well as for introducing a concept of letters.
Mary Note Law
This is one of the best abc books we have.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! It creatively and humorously takes you through the alphabet with adorable illustrations and fun topics. Kipper and Arnold start at A and meet their Zebra friend at Z, encountering many creatures along the way. Not your typical "A is for apple book," These hosts introduce words like volcano and "No, Not now!" This book can and should definitely be used for children younger than five...a great way to start introducing reading to toddlers! Mick Inkpen has done it again with this wonderful book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ages 3-6 and older children with spatial/visual deficits. Kipper, a sweet little brown dog, and his pink pig friend, Arnold, wander from A to Z finding creatures and things to represent each letter of the alphabet and its sound. Starting with ant, buzzing bumblebee and crawly caterpillar, the pair amuses themselves by seeking out objects for each letter in sequence. The large book format gives enough space for the simple watercolor figures to be silhouetted on a white background along with big, black text with the letter at issue in even bigger, bolder black. Children, even as young as 3 or those with spatial and visual learning deficits, will be hard pushed to miss the letter and its representative, and the sound of each letter is often repeated in descriptive words highlighting it to listening ears. Not only does the book teach the letters and their sounds, but many humorous touches make it multileveled for older children and fun for adults. Such as when Kipper and Arnold cannot find an item for the letter k, older readers will shout out proudly,[KIPPER!] Or, the reappearing zebra who continually wonders when it?s his turn, will bring giggles because everyone knows zebra always comes last at Z. A gentle, sometimes silly wander through the alphabet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adams Family on July 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old son loves the Kipper videos, so we thought we would buy him a Kipper book. The text and illustrations are great - cute and fun, and for fans of Kipper, they don't disappoint. We thought it would be better to pay extra for the hardcover version, thinking it would last longer. However, after 2 weeks of use, the binding has fallen apart, and we can't get the pages back in. Also, my son was not the one handling the book, only his parents, so we know that it wasn't used in a rough manner. Save your money and buy the paperback.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Kalman on March 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although these books are officially aged from two to five years old, we believe that reading to your children should start long before that. Our six month old baby girl loves the Kipper cartoon series as well as the books. This particular book is an easy way to start your child learning his or her ABC's. We feel that the Kipper series is very well balanced as Kipper is not always the hero, nor is he always found to be the one at fault. It is a very calming book that captures both interest and imagination of our child. We are on our way to collecting the whole series of books, including the series of board books. Although this is not a board book, with help, young children can enjoy it immensely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Braun on August 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I loved the Kipper A to Z Alphabet Adventure for my toddler. The Kipper illustrations are some of my favorites; they are sweet and gentle. This book is positioned more as a first alphabet book for toddlers. There are only one or two concepts with each letter. However, this is a book with paper pages as opposed to a toddler's board book.

My 4-year-old enjoyed going through the book once but she wasn't interested in multiple readings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Lim on December 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A really nice book that covers each letter of the alphabet. It has easy-to-read large print and clean, tidy drawings of some of the familiar Kipper characters (mainly Kipper and Arnold).

My only objection is that the edition I have has some Americanisms, like ladybug, instead of ladybird (I suppose because the publisher, Red Wagon Books, an imprint of Harcourt, is US-based). That doesn't go with the very English Kipper of the animated series. But aside from that, it's a lovely book.
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Format: Hardcover
My 2-1/2 year old twins adore Kipper from the Nick Jr. channel. We've bought all the tapes (more please!) and they beg for Kipper every night. We got a few Kipper books and they like those too. This one is the very best however. Mick Inkpen does a fabulous job with the alphabet in a fresh and fun way that is uniquely "Kipper." If you follow the show, it's really "very Kipper." Pig, Arnold, ducks, Tiger, Jake all make their appearance. Luckily no space bleepers appear. (Mick, please knock off the weird aliens and scary episodes -- my toddlers have declared them "Too scar-wy Mama!" and it really detracts from your core competency.) Buy this one with confidence.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my two year old daughter because she has shown an intrest in learning the alphabet. We don't watch Nickaloden so I am not all that familiar with Kipper but you don't have to know anything about him to enjoy this book. Kipper and his friend Arnold the pig are adorable. They guide the reader through the book as each letter of the alphabet is introduced. Periodically a zebra pops up asking if it is his turn yet. It is a clever story and a great learning tool. We read it every day after the all time best alphabet book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I don't want to push my daughter into learning the alphabet and these two books have allowed me to present it to her in a fun way.
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