- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Hardcover: 52 pages
- Publisher: Kingfisher; Pop edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753464721
- ISBN-13: 978-0753464724
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.2 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wild Alphabet: An A to Zoo Pop-up Book Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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Like most pop-up books, this inventive animal abecedarian is a team effort, with text supplied by Green and clever images designed by Haines and Fröhlich, who also handled the paper engineering. On each spare, uncluttered spread, a short poem, a small color photo, and a creative paper construction introduce a different animal for each letter of the alphabet. With the exception of the C page, which joins two letters into a potentially confusing O, the letters are clearly presented, opening this to a broad audience of both new ABC learners and elementary students, who will appreciate the whimsical, action-filled verse and artistry in the images. Preschool-Grade 2. --Gillian Engberg
Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review) [T]he letters are the main event here. In crisp black and white, each block capital interacts in some ingenious way with a drawing of its animal. A Giraffeextends its neck from the G; a black Jaguarslinks from behind the J; a Rhinocerosreduces the Rto rubble. X (a Xantus-a kind of hummingbird) rises gracefully from the fold in full X-crossed double relief, the body and wings of the bird exquisitely excised from within the letter. Most of the pop-up action is effected by the turn of the page, which should extend the book’s life beyond a normal pop-up’s. An elegant alphabet experience.Through The Looking Glass Children’s Book ReviewsIn this unique alphabet pop-up book, the reader is presented with a clever pop-up, information about the featured animal, and a photo of the featured animal on every double page spread. Each pop-up is different, and readers of all ages keep coming back to see the penguin peeking out from behind its letter P, and the chinchilla running on its letter C exercise wheel. Publishers Weekly[S]triking black & white representations of each animal interact with the letters.... The text offers surprising facts about a variety of unusual animals, and kids will enjoy engaging with the modern, interactive design.Wild About Nature Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll)Each page of this delightful book is dedicated to one of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Each letter literally pops with a new animal accompanied by fun text describing the animal’s behavior.... This book is beautifully made and story time ready. It is easy to imagine children wanting to get up and imitate the animals that they are encountering on this WILD adventure. Wrapped in Foil Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll)[S]ure to be “pop”-ular as a gift book.... [the] few facts about the animal[s] [are] written in an engaging way... Tucsoncitizen.comYou can almost hear the roar, snarl, and chrip of the creatures portrayed in this book as they pop up from each of the pages. Wild animals literally jump, slither, and fly off the pages, beginning with Antelope and ending with Zebra. This book is perfect for reading aloud and sharing time and time again. Dan Green is a freelance science writer and editor and “Wild Alphabet” is a fun teaching tool, especially for youngsters just beginning to learn their ABCs.