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Kipper and his little friend Arnold are on an alphabet search. It all starts when the young pig Arnold finds an ant. "Aa is for ant. And Arnold." Well, to be perfectly honest, it starts a little earlier, before the book even officially begins, when Kipper the pudgy brown dog tells a zebra, "We won't need you till much, much later." Throughout, as Kipper and Arnold find (and sometimes lose) a buzzing bumblebee, a caterpillar (actually, the caterpillar finds them), a duck, and a menagerie of other alphabetized critters, the earnestly eager zebra appears, ever hopeful that his day in the sun has arrived. "Nn is for No, not now!" Kipper tells him. After "Juice...And a bit of jam, too," "Splish! Splosh! Splash! And six squishy slugs," and V, which is "very, very hard" (when they can't find a volcano, they make a picture of one instead), the zebra asks one last time. "Is it my turn? Is it? Is it?" Kipper is happy to report, "Yy is for Yes!" The zebra stands proudly in the middle of the page, and everyone says, "Zz is for Zebra!"

Mick Inkpen's enchanting Kipper stories can be found on TV's Nick Jr. and in his many picture books (Kipper, Kipper's Birthday, Kipper's Snowy Day, and lots more). This Alphabet Adventure, with its adorable details and witty subplots, is sure to win hordes of new fans. (Ages 2 to 5) --Emilie Coulter

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Creepy crawly critters and recurring jokes feature in this sprightly ABC tale. In a teaser, ahead of the title page, the eponymous pooch tells a zebra, "We won't need you till much, much later." Inkpen thus signals his plans to eschew a formulaic abecedarian approach and introduces the letters in inventive ways, giving his volume a rollicking spontaneity and a story line. In some cases, the author subtly slips the spotlighted letter into the narrative, which follows Kipper and his pig pal, Arnold, as they encounter bugs, animals and other objects, most of which Arnold places in a box (e.g., "He opened his box and put the interesting insect inside"). Other whimsical touches include the reemergence of creatures introduced on previous pages; inventive use of type (as on the spread introducing h, when the text forms an arc shaped around a hill); the intermittent appearance of the earnest zebra, who wants to know if it's his turn yet (to which Kipper replies, "No, not now!... You don't begin with N"); and one quite waggish omission: "Kipper couldn't think of anything beginning with K. Can you think of anything?" Yet likely the strongest selling point here is Inkpen's signature charming, childlike art, which offers endearing images of these expressive young animal characters at every turn. Adorable, breezy, clever, this is the alphabet book of choice. Ages 3-7.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD90L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kipper
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152025944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152025946
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is great! It creatively and humorously takes you through the alphabet with adorable illustrations and fun topics. Kipper and Arnold start at A and meet their Zebra friend at Z, encountering many creatures along the way. Not your typical "A is for apple book," These hosts introduce words like volcano and "No, Not now!" This book can and should definitely be used for children younger than five...a great way to start introducing reading to toddlers! Mick Inkpen has done it again with this wonderful book!
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By A Customer on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ages 3-6 and older children with spatial/visual deficits. Kipper, a sweet little brown dog, and his pink pig friend, Arnold, wander from A to Z finding creatures and things to represent each letter of the alphabet and its sound. Starting with ant, buzzing bumblebee and crawly caterpillar, the pair amuses themselves by seeking out objects for each letter in sequence. The large book format gives enough space for the simple watercolor figures to be silhouetted on a white background along with big, black text with the letter at issue in even bigger, bolder black. Children, even as young as 3 or those with spatial and visual learning deficits, will be hard pushed to miss the letter and its representative, and the sound of each letter is often repeated in descriptive words highlighting it to listening ears. Not only does the book teach the letters and their sounds, but many humorous touches make it multileveled for older children and fun for adults. Such as when Kipper and Arnold cannot find an item for the letter k, older readers will shout out proudly,[KIPPER!] Or, the reappearing zebra who continually wonders when it?s his turn, will bring giggles because everyone knows zebra always comes last at Z. A gentle, sometimes silly wander through the alphabet.
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I bought this book for my three-year-old daughter. She loves the show Kipper so I figured she would like this book. I find Kipper to be such of a sweet and innocent show that isn't loud and annoying like many other children's cartoons. I hoped the book would be nice too and I wasn't disappointed.

This book covers the adventures of Kipper the dog and Arnold the pig. They seek out a critter for each letter of the alphabet, starting when Arnold finds an ant and puts it in his box. The story in itself is quite entertaining with bits of humor here and there. It is also educational because it teaches letters (and shows both uppercase and lowercase) as well as letter sounds. It doesn't merely show a critter that matches the letter (such as Aa is for ant) but it adds more words into the sentences that match the letter sounds (such as "six squishy slugs"). This book was quick to capture my daughter's attention and she had me read it to her twice in a row (non-stop), which is something she never does anymore. She tried to get me to read it to her a third time, but I told her we should read another book instead. Most alphabet books seem too short, but this one is the perfect length.

The illustrations are very cute and closely resemble the show, including the use of limited illustration and lots of white space, which is something I have always loved about the show. I would probably recommend this book for children ages two to six. It's one of those books that I can read more than once without feeling dread at being asked to do so. Plus, it's a fun way to teach your child while bonding at the same time.
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Never can go wrong with Kipper! We love this book. Super easy for your young readers to catch on to, plus the Zebra is beyond adorable. My 2 year old grandson was reading it to me in his words which are super close to the stories in just under one week. Super cute story. Simple illustrations. Which is awesome, so many time artist clutter up early reader pages and make them overwhelming for their little young brains. Kipper is nice and easy on the eyes and mind making it super easy for your little ones to make connections. Great job illustrators. Love Kipper.
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This was a gun gift to give, requested by the mom of the birthday boy. Her son is learning the alphabet, and loves this group of animals seen in PBS.

This is a lovely book, each letter from 'A' to 'Z' is represented by something that begins with that letter, that something is an animal. The twosome already have the 'Z' covered, so they only needed the other 25 letters covered. A great book for children to learn sir alphabet, repetition always wins. The illustrations are vivid and colorful and represent each letter of the alphabet.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children all want to learn their A,B,C's, they learn the song, their parents recite the alphabet, and soon the children will be singing the song and pointing out words that fill the letters. This is a great little helper. Fun to read, and fun to look at.

Recommended. prisrob 06-12-15
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Our little one is not yet two but loves this book. The drawing style is clear with lots of white space but each page is full of little clever details. Also nice that each letter of the alphabet includes the uppercase and lowercase.
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