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Alphabet Adventure Hardcover – August 1, 2001

4.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Alphabet Adventures Series

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043908069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439080699
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a kindergarten teacher, I was excited to find this book in time for the schoolyear to begin. What a wonderful way to introduce the alphabet to a group of wide-eyed children. This is a must-have for all pre-school and primary teachers.
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.
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One of the things I really like about this a,b,c book is that they use lower case letters... not to worry, the upper case letters make an appearance as well . I bought this book because I found that my daughter was having problems recognizing lower case letters. That is a "capital" problem being that, when writing and reading, most letters are lower case. It seems that a lot of pre-schoolers learn the alphabet in all upper case, which can later be a problem when they are learning to write and read.

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.
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I got this book from the library, and quickly put it on our wish list here at amazon. I really enjoy reading this book to my 3 year old son...who by the way learned the letter (i) from this book and actually drew it on his magna doodle one day!! Your children will enjoy the storyline that goes along with learning the alphabet. My son requests this book again and again!
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.
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My children are 5 (boy) and 3 (girl) years old. They both loved this book. The first time we read it it kept their interest. Wonderful story and beautiful illustrations. When you get to the end of the book, you realize that the book is also an "I spy" or "Where's Waldo" type, looking for the book character, little i's, dot. The kids were so excited to read the book again and hunt for the hiding dot.
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My almost 3 grandson is fixated on the alphabet and refused to sit for any story that didn't contain letters or numbers. With "alphabet storybooks" in the Amazon search engine, this book came up. He adores it! The lower case "i" looses his dot at the beginning of the story, and we had so much fun searching for its hiding place on each page once we discovered at the end of the book that the dot likes to play hide and seek. My grandson's parents have read the book again and again to him, as have I and many babysitters. The storyline moves quickly and the beautiful illustrations contain so much to look at and discover. A great book for children who don't yet know the lower case letters and a fun book everyone will enjoy reading again and again.
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Charley's alphabet has been working hard all summer on Alphabet Island, getting ready for the first day of school. But as their teacher, Capital T, lines up all the lower case letters, it finds that lower case i has lost it's dot. The letters look all over Alphabet Island, but can't find little i's dot anywhere and Capital T is becoming frantic. It's the first day of school, they're going to be late and Charley really needs his alphabet. Fortunately, Capital I has a plan. He thinks i's dot is playing a prank and hiding from everyone and he knows a way to make him come out and save the day..... Audrey and Bruce Wood have authored a marvelous picture book, full of charm and humor that pre-schoolers and emerging readers will want to read again and again. Her easy to read, amusing text moves the mystery along at a good pace. But it's Mr Wood's amazing, bold, bright and busy artwork that make this book stand out and youngsters will enjoy all the wonderful details in each illustration and finding i's dot on each page as it plays hide and seek with the reader. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, Alphabet Adventure is a terrific teaching tool and a delightful way for kids to begin recognizing letters and learning phonics.
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