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Alphabetter Paperback – September 1, 2007
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–An entertaining alphabet book with a twist. Twenty-six children are ready to take part in an activity but cannot because each one is missing a crucial item. However, the youngster on the next page has it. For example, Alberto had an alligator, but he didn't have a bathing suit. Benoît had a bathing suit, but he didn't have a clarinet. Guess what Cara has. The humorous acrylic-and-collage pictures are bold, and the bright, crisp colors show up well against white backgrounds. Alberto's alligator wears swim goggles and jumps off a diving board, while the poor boy standing on the raft is dressed only in a barrel. The capital form of the letter is featured in the upper left corner; there is also another letter hidden somewhere on the page, which makes this title a seek-and-find as well as a concept book. The ending unites the children and the item they each need plus a bonus: friends. For another alphabet book in which children are connected through the letters, see Anita Lobel's Alison's Zinnia (HarperCollins, 1990). A fun way to learn the alphabet.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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"Appropriate for early elementary students who enjoy funny stories and look-and-find books." (Book Notes 2007-02-01)
"An original alphabet book that is filled with fun preschool humour. Ross's illustrations capture the whimsical fun nature of the book and will have youngsters laughing out loud." (BC Parent Magazine 2007-03-01)
"It is cleverness writ and painted large, and it's delivered with an infectious exuberance and cadence that manifests itself not just in the playful text, but also in illustrator Ross's quirky, kinetic characters." (The Globe and Mail 2006-09-09)
"Indeed one of the better alphabet books. Highly recommended." (CM Magazine 2006-09-15)
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I bought this book based on Dan's "Not Your typical Dragon" book which was great and on the 4 customer's reviews.
For us,concept didn't go over well.
Illustrations were fun and colorful. Names associated with each letter a bit strange.
Finding a letter on each page either frustrating ( using a magnifying glass) or simple.
Ending should have had much bigger illustrations and in a better sequence.
We are disappointed with this one.
Dinah has a doggy bone, but what she really needs is an egg. Louise has a letter, but she really wants a marshmallow. And poor Vladimir has a vase, but he really, really needs a water ski!
Each of them can get what they want, but only if they cooperate and switch the alphabet around! The answer to all of their problems is on the last page, if only they know how to get to the solution.
This is a fun book, and has the added bonus of containing a hidden letter on each page. And believe me, some of these letters are REALLY well hidden! Kids and parents will have to work together--like the children in the story--to find all the hidden letters.
Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"