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The Hullabaloo ABC Hardcover – April 24, 1998


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From Publishers Weekly

As its title suggests, the energy level of this alphabet storybook runs high, thanks in part to Cleary's choice of verbs ("Flutter," "Jabber," "Rumble"), lively onomatopoeic sounds ("Kerchoo!" "Putt-putt," "Toot-toot") and animal noises ("Hee-haw," "Quack-quack") that lead off these 26 brief verses. Rand's (Knots on a Counting Rope) hearty watercolors endow the volume's clamorous crew?a spunky trio of siblings and the animal residents of their farm?with particular appeal. Ranging from panoramic views of a timeless rural setting to close-ups of kids and critters, Rand's pictures document the antic proceedings, until a thunder storm arrives and the children are summoned back to the farmhouse. Occasional lazy rhyme schemes (e.g., rips/trip; racket/whack it) and lapses in rhythm ("N for Noises,/ Clucks and cackles./ A hawk!/ It scatters the hens/ And makes them squawk") trip the tongue. Still, Cleary teaches as she tells her story, and Rand's art is consistently diverting?a winning combination in a preschool read-aloud. Ages 3-up.
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PreSchool-Grade 1AGet ready for a noisy tour of the alphabet as two brothers and their sister whoop it up on the family farm. Each letter is given its own page, but unlike more conventional alphabet books, the main illustration doesn't necessarily focus on the letter's sound. For example, in the picture for "Kk for Kerchoo!/What a big sneeze!/It startles the rabbit/Nibbling the peas," the rabbit is front and center while the older brother is sneezing in the background. "Vv for Voice./Did someone call?/Quick! Up on the horse./Try not to fall" is illustrated by a picture of the girl mounting a horse. In the background, her parents stand on a porch and wave. The rhymes are busy and boisterous, and each cock-a-doodle-doo, grunt, hee-haw, moo, squeak, squawk, cluck, cackle, and shout is meant for reading aloud. While the original text illustrations on crisp white backgrounds bring the action to life with just the slightest touch of nostalgia. His attention to detail, as in the pig's self-satisfied smirk and sister's T-shirt with the alphabet printed on front and back, adds irresistible charm. Share this with your preschool crowd or recommend it to an early-childhood teacher for a unit on farm life. Either way, it's a winner.AAlicia Eames, New York City Public Schools
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (April 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688151825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688151829
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,632,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
MY 2 YR OLD LOVES THIS BOOK. THE LARGE SIZE TEXT AND THE BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS KEEPS HER ATTENTIVE. EXCELLENT TEACHING TOOL! IT IS A BOOK I ENJOY, AND WE REACH FOR IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN.
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By Joey on April 5, 2008
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My 17-month old daughter loves to have this read to her over and over. This is a favorite author of mine and the artist has that "Norman Rockwell"-ish knack for making his illustrations appear to move on the page. Tip: Look for the hidden letters on the P and G pages! I've yet to find the rest of the alphabet.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By book lover on March 25, 2010
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I love Beverly Cleary, but this is not my favorite book. It has great designs and is a fun read. The problem I had with it when I was reading it to my 3 1/2 year old is that I didn't care for all of the words she chose to represent the letters. For example, for the letter "S" which has a "ssss" sound, she chose the word "Sh-h-h." The "s" sound and the "sh" sound are two completely different sounds. (Now, I know this sounds a little critical on my part, but I also have a six-year old so we have worked on the different letter sounds and combination sounds, and I would like my younger son to learn the true sounds especially when reading an abc book.) I also didn't like that she used "exclaim" for the letter "x". If this is a true abc book, then she would have chosen an "x" word. It was a cute read (and I know many wouldn't pick on these types of examples as being bothersome), but I felt it could be better--it felt a little thrown together.
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