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Alphabet Mystery Hardcover – September 1, 2003

4.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Alphabet Adventures Series

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A story that invites participation and promotes letter recognition. When Little x disappears from Charley's Alphabet, the rest of the letters search for him, finding him in the castle of Master M. To their surprise, he does not want to be rescued, because he is useful there unlike at home, where Charley seldom uses him. When Master M awakes and threatens to use the letters in soup, Little x comes to the rescue and they all return home safely. There, Charley helps his dad decorate a birthday cake for his mother, and he uses Little x four times-because it is the only letter that stands for kisses. As in Alphabet Adventure (Scholastic, 2001), children will work on a skill necessary to begin reading as they enjoy the story and the bright, three-dimensional-looking digital illustrations filled with detail.
Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Charley's letters from Alphabet Adventure (2001) set off on another escapade to find Little x, who was absent from the bedtime roll call. After Little t tattles that x took a pencil and flew away, the other letters hop on a pencil and take off to hunt for him. They find him in a castle, held captive by Giant M, a miserable monster. It seems Little x ran away because Charley never used him. But Little i knows a secret; tomorrow is Charley's mother's birthday, and Charley plans to use Little x. Monster M lets Little x go and allows each letter to choose a gift from his treasure room. As it turns out, Charley makes a cake, spells out "I Love You Mom," and uses Little x four times--for kisses, of course. Visual and verbal puns add to the fun of learning the alphabet, as do the vividly colored, digitally created illustrations that look like animated photographs. Kids will love the "I Spy" aspect of matching letters to the gifts. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780439443371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439443371
  • ASIN: 0439443377
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ariel Pawlak on October 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my four year old daaughter because we both loved Alphabet Adventure so much. The story centers on little x this time. He decidedes to run away because he is a letter that isn't used very much. All of the other letters embark on an adventure to bring him home. This book is especially perfect for this time of year. There is a spooky castle and a monster M that evokes images of Halloween. At the end of the story little x realizes that he is a very special letter after all. Children love the idea of a mystery and the illustrations in this book are really wonderful. Everytime you read it you will see something new. My daughter especially loves the page where the letters match up to an object that they begin with. My daughter has learned a lot from this book and Alphabet Adventure. I highly recommend them both.
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My first grade class absolutely love this book. The illustrations are amazing. I have to order a new copy for my classroom this year because the pages are falling out of my old copy from being read so much. I highly recommend this book.
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My 3 1/2 year old nephew loves this book. Little "x" is missing, and his alphabet friends fly off on a pencil to find him. X feels neglected in the real world, and he has found a home playing the xylophone for the "M" master. X's alphabet friends convince him to come home where he becomes the "X" kisses on mother's birthday cake. I'm pretty sure that most of this went right over my nephew's head, but he loves the bright colors, knew "X" was the missing letter, and enjoyed counting the kisses at the end. And and we both loved the illustrations!
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I bought this for my daughter who was learning upper and lower case letters in preschool. I found it to be a great teaching tool. She likes the story so would ask for it to be read again and again. Then we could discuss the lower case letters and their sounds as we read. I particularly like the part where the letters pick out a gift, and each gift starts with the letter who picked it. Clever story and fun way to teach lower case letters!
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My 3 1/2 year old had no interest in traditional A, B, C books that went through the letters in order and just said words that started with each one. I really wanted her to start recognizing her letters so I began researching other options when I found this book (and the other 2 alphabet books by Audrey Wood). We were already fans of Wood from reading 'The Napping House' and 'Silly Sally' so I felt confident these wouldn't disappoint. Alphabet mystery is my daughter's favorite of the three alphabet books by Wood. She loves the story and recognizes all the main letters now, even outside of reading the story. Since buying this and the other alphabet books by Wood a month ago, my daughter has finally begun to recognize many letters both upper and lower case. I recommend these to all my friends with pre-school age kids.
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This is a marvelous book for children learning their lower case letters. The concept of a mystery is clear and easy to then apply to any lost toys. The capital I and M can become bad guys just by reading their lines in a different voice. Adults will enjoy reading this book over and over again to the delight of their child. If Mom's birthday is coming, or has recently passed, the story will be very meaningful. The illustrations are beautiful and the text is clear and concise. A wonderful book for any young child.
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The books in this series by Audrey Wood are very good. This one is not my favorite, but it is still a cute story. In the story, little x leaves Charlie's alphabet and goes to "work" for M so he can feel more useful. I like Alphabet Adventure and Alphabet Rescue better.
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Following in the tradition of the previous Charley's Alphabet books, the illustrations in this book are vibrant and interesting, and the plot basic. In this book, little x runs off because he isn't used enough, and becomes a Xylophone player for a mean Capital M. The rest of the alphabet finds little x, rescues him, convinces Capital M that he should be nice, because don't we all love our Mothers, and they all fly back to help form a message on Charley's birthday cake for his Mother. Spoiler: little x gets used on a birthday cake to signify kisses. In short, there really wasn't enough plot to interest my almost 3 year old son past a few readings. And the "let's all love our Mothers" message was a bit sappy even for a preschooler.
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