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Wild Alphabet: An A to Zoo Pop-up Book Hardcover – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Pop edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753464721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753464724
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Like most pop-up books, this inventive animal abecedarian is a team effort, with text supplied by Green and clever images designed by Haines and Fröhlich, who also handled the paper engineering. On each spare, uncluttered spread, a short poem, a small color photo, and a creative paper construction introduce a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. With the exception of the C page, which joins two letters into a potentially confusing O, the letters are clearly presented, opening this to a broad audience of both new ABC learners and elementary students, who will appreciate the whimsical, action-filled verse and artistry in the images. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg

Review

(Starred Review) [T]he letters are the main event here. In crisp black and white, each block capital interacts in some ingenious way with a drawing of its animal. A Giraffe extends its neck from the G; a black Jaguar slinks from behind the J; a Rhinoceros reduces the R to rubble. X (a Xantus-a kind of hummingbird) rises gracefully from the fold in full X-crossed double relief, the body and wings of the bird exquisitely excised from within the letter. Most of the pop-up action is effected by the turn of the page, which should extend the book's life beyond a normal pop-up's. An elegant alphabet experience. (Kirkus Reviews)

In this unique alphabet pop-up book, the reader is presented with a clever pop-up, information about the featured animal, and a photo of the featured animal on every double page spread. Each pop-up is different, and readers of all ages keep coming back to see the penguin peeking out from behind its letter P, and the chinchilla running on its letter C exercise wheel. (Through The Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews)

Each page of this delightful book is dedicated to one of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Each letter literally pops with a new animal accompanied by fun text describing the animal's behavior. . . . This book is beautifully made and story time ready. It is easy to imagine children wanting to get up and imitate the animals that they are encountering on this WILD adventure. (Wild About Nature Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll))

[S]ure to be "pop"-ular as a gift book. . . . [the] few facts about the animal[s] [are] written in an engaging way . . . (Wrapped in Foil Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll))

You can almost hear the roar, snarl, and chrip of the creatures portrayed in this book as they pop up from each of the pages. Wild animals literally jump, slither, and fly off the pages, beginning with Antelope and ending with Zebra. This book is perfect for reading aloud and sharing time and time again. Dan Green is a freelance science writer and editor and "Wild Alphabet" is a fun teaching tool, especially for youngsters just beginning to learn their ABCs. (Tucsoncitizen.com)

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Customer Reviews

Great for language development.
Damone
The illustrations are great for toddlers -- simple, very graphic, and incorporated into the letters in really interesting ways.
m
I thought I was getting a deal however I feel slightly ripped off.
Heidi Simmons

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Damone on March 4, 2011
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This is a great alphabet book. I love how they created the animals out of the letter and it pops up. The author uses a large variety of animals, some common, others not. I have read this book to my 3 year old son a dozen time in the last three days since we received it. My 8 months old daughter loves the pop ups. The paragraph about the animal is full of info for the children to learn about the animal. Great for language development. The pop ups are only a couple of inches big, hopefully it will last longer that way. For the price you can't beat it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheLuckiest on September 20, 2012
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This is such a fun book and we read it as a family almost every night. My 22-month-old loves turning each page and watching the animals pop up. The book has held up remarkably well given his young age, which is a testament to its quality. Each animal has a fun, brief description telling you more about the animal. While I admit that some of the animals are on the obscure side, I like that my child is being exposed to a variety of wildlife. He has already learned to say "narwhal" and "quetzal". :)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dianne on December 31, 2010
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I was somewhat disappointed with this book. The animals, birds, etc that were used in the book were mostly unfamiliar and not easy to identify with. While it could be quite educational, it is a little difficult for a two-year old to identify with the animals, etc. The "pop-up" feature was more a "slide" than an actual pop-up so not quite the impact that I expected. However, that could be a plus in the long run as it might not rip as easily. The pictures were colorful and the content was good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J J BLACK on September 25, 2011
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This is a good pop-up alphabet for a young child. The black & white theme gives them something easy to focus on, and the unique movement of each page really kept my daughter's attention. They also use animals not commonly found in other alphabet books; i.e. Narwhal, Quetzal, etc.; with an interesting story and a picture for each creature.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Elaine Jones on December 26, 2010
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Smaller than I expected, pop-ups stick. Words too difficult for small kids, actually some a bit tough for old smart me. But hey, it is purchased now and had to be used. Not happy at all. It is what it is!
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By aunt holly on May 9, 2011
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This is a great book and my grand daughter loved it. However, one of the 'popups' didn't work correctly. It was the Quetzel bird page. The tail won't come out unless you pull up on the right page and hold it up. This is easy for me but hard for a 3 year old to understand. Also, when I received the order initially it wasn't in the 2 book shipment and the wrong packing slip was in the box. The slip was for a hair drier. The ABC book was missing and the shipment said complete. I had to call and explain the situation and make them send me the book. My grand daughter was disappointed but the book eventually came 2 weeks later. She likes the book with the one exception of the problem page.
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By m on January 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We bought this for our 21-month old for Christmas, and it's become one of her favorites. The illustrations are great for toddlers -- simple, very graphic, and incorporated into the letters in really interesting ways. Yes, it's black and white, and yes, it's more of a slide / movement book than true pop-up, but as others have pointed out, it does last longer that way. And as for the complaints about odd animals, it's true, but I find pretty much every alphabet / animal book has to come up with some odd ones for letters like N and Q. Plus, now I know what a narwhal is. :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlyn on February 4, 2011
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I was quite a disappointing book. I had gotten this for my grandaughter an at first discovered it was a small book. Inside, it only got worse as the pop ups were minimal in popping up and they were all in black and white. I had hoped for broad openings of animals, rising from the pages in colorful display. Not.
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Dan Green spent his first four years in Africa, until his family swapped the African sun for Welsh rain. He grew up an English-American hybrid in the heart of Wales and then went to Cambridge University to study geology. After college, he shipped out to Italy to chase a dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, wound up in Venezuela, where he became editor of the English language newspaper and survived a coup d'etat and most recently rode his motorbike across Europe to Morocco. Dan is the "voice of Basher" - the best-selling children's science series created by the graphic artist Basher (basherbooks.com/usa/home.html). He has also written humor books, comic strips for Horrible Histories and Horrible Science, and is the author of the Footprint Venezuela Handbook.

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