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Alphabet Adventure Hardcover – August 1, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
The mother-son team behind The Christmas Adventure of Space Elf Sam presents 26 bold, athletic-looking lower-case letters called "Charley's Alphabet" in this unorthodox ABC. After working hard all summer with their teacher, "Capital T," they are on their way to the first day of school. But they're held up when the letter i loses her dot. Audrey Wood's (King Bidgood's in the Bathtub) straightforward text and quirky premise keep the story moving apace: "Hurry! School begins soon. We must find her dot, or we'll be late!" says Capital T. The letters come up with a plan, and race around to find a substitute for Little i to wear s offers a star, h a heart but at the last moment the mischievous dot returns (anxious about being replaced). Observant youngsters will note the dot's various hiding places in previous illustrations. Bruce Wood endows the crayon-colored alphabet letters with personality through their posture and actions, and places them in a hyper-realistic, computer-generated resort where crisp-edged gondolas glide through canals lined with candy-striped buildings and swaying palm trees. The horizontal layout of the book mimics film stills: the text crawls along the bottom of tropically colored spreads like so many subtitles. The climactic scene, a shot from high in the air, shows the letters aboard a streamlined yellow pencil bound for the classroom, where youngsters finally meet young Charley. A fresh and roundly satisfying excursion for those learning their ABCs. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
reS-Gr 1-In this cleverly conceived and dramatically executed story, the small letters of Charley's Alphabet are ready to graduate to their real task, which is to help the child learn his ABC's. Unfortunately, an accident that leaves little "i" missing its dot threatens to derail the mission. Capital "I" saves the day with a clever plan and all is well for the little alphabet and Charley. There are many crafty elements to this clever story. After little "i" is rescued, the other letters are so excited that they line up in the wrong order and some are upside down or backwards. Observant youngsters will spy little "i's" dot following it. The glossy illustrations are computer generated. Highlights, textures, and shadows are extremely successful using this medium and add great interest. Each page glows with jewel tones and is a feast for the eye. Children who are mastering the alphabet will be fascinated by this book, not only because of the letters but also in the suggestion that the alphabet can be theirs.
Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is charming and simple. Before the letters of the alphabet can go off to school to become "Charley's Alphabet", they are delayed by the loss of the lower case i's dot. All of the letters must help to find the missing dot ... or find a way to make the dot return so that they may get to school in time for Charley, the boy who needs them.
Bruce Wood is the illustrator on this book and he has continued the family legacy of producing bright, captivating illustrations which are just begging the reader to look more closely. Indeed, there is a story in the pictures alone. My own eight-year-old daughter read the book and then immediately went back through and looked at the pictures, pointing out little details in each illustration. This is a wonderful book. I can't wait to introduce it to my class.
The author used an engaging story taking the little letters and the reader on an adventure to solve little i's problem of a missing dot (be sure to look for little i's dot hiding on each page). There is also a 2 page spread in the book that shows each letter with an item they picked in order to help little i choose a new dot - s picks a star, h picks a heart, c picks a cherry and so forth.
I like this so much better than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom which uses rhymes that aren't very clever to tell a story that isn't very clever which in turn makes it tedious to read to your child.
I personally love Audrey Wood's books. Her stories (inc. this one) are always fresh, innovative, fun, and lively, and very creative. The illustrations in this book are fun, colorful, and make you want to spend time looking at each and every page with your child.
Get this book and enjoy reading it with your child or class, I don't think you or your the kids will be disappointed.