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This animal alphabet book looks promising, starting with its bright red corrugated cover that evokes an old-fashioned sketchbook. The portraits of zoo favorites, set against single color backdrops, are both winsome and graphically bold, bringing to mind rubber bathtub toys. But pictures with this much pop beg for a text with equally memorable verse, and Doodler-actually Todd Harris Goldman (Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them!)-does not provide it. The verses rhyme, technically, but the word choices are weak and the rhythms uneven. His lines on the vulture, for example, are clunky: "With a bald, wrinkled head,/ It's called a bird of prey./ I just don't understand why/ The vulture doesn't wear a wig or toupee." The text repeatedly falls far short of the book's eye-catching design. Ages 2-5.
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PreSchool-Grade 1—This playful alphabet offering combines bold artwork with rhyming, conversational text to muse about a variety of zoo residents. The cover, with its corrugated texture and an illustration of a giraffe equaled in height by a stack of turtles, invites readers to peer inside. Large graphic-style cartoon images of the animals, presented against solid-colored backdrops, fill the pages. Though the (sometimes awkward) verses offer a smattering of facts about each critter, they lean more toward the whimsical and occasionally encourage readers to think beyond the pictures. For example, a unicorn is included, but the author admits that it "…wasn't really at the zoo./i'm just seeing if you're paying attention,/so i played a trick on you!" He also ponders why a vulture, with its "bald, wrinkled head," doesn't "wear a wig" and comments seriously about fox fur coats. The entry for "X" cleverly skirts the issue: "i couldn't find an animal for x,/so instead i grabbed a quick snack" (a plate of cookies that is immediately consumed by the next animal, a yak). An additional purchase.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375852018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375852015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book as a gift after finding it on Amazon, not having seen it in person. It is adorable. From the corrugated cover, to the illustrations and rhymes inside. It will make a VERY cute gift and I am going to buy another for my 2 year old!
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Very creative book that does not patronize children. I read this to my twin babies and they love it. I look forward to them reading it on their own in a few years.
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my 1 year old and my 3 year old girls love this book! Great middle of the day read; helps teach letters and inspires my 3 year old to write and draw!
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By wilbur on August 28, 2011
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My granddaughter loved this book. Very colorful,the illustrations are wonderful! The story is cute, made here laugh. Would recommend this book.
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