Posts tagged ‘alphabet book’

October 15, 2014

robot smartypants burp the alphabet

I think the title of this book Robot Burb Head Smartypants, pretty much says all you need to know. Our favorite robots from the totally awesome Robot Zombie Frankenstein book by Annette Simon are back. Only this time they are trying to teach you things. Like counting. And saying the alphabet. But, inevitably, burping gets in the way. So as you can see, there is NOTHING NOT to like about this book! It’s phenomenally awesome.

robotTitle: Robot Burp Head Smartypants
Author/Illustrator: Annette Simon
Genre: Picture Book
Ages: 0 – 7 (This is one of those picture books older kids will appreciate just as much.)

Here’s a sample page:


Seriously. If you need more than that, I can’t help you. Well, okay, I can give you one more reason to get this book. The illustrations–digital images made of geometric shapes mixed with real photographic images–are as awesome as the text. So there. And check out Robot Zombie Frankenstein too!

May 18, 2011

The little alphabet book that could, (“A is for salad”)

Is there anything more annoying than an alphabet book?  I mean, yes, Q is for Quail and Queen.  And yes, I get that xylophone starts with an X.  Sure, some books manage to do things a little differently.  I would have never learned about Umbrella birds or Question-mark butterflies without a two-year-old and an increasing pile of alphabet books.  But I find most of them abhorrent and would issue this advice to anyone planning to write a new alphabet book: it’s not so much about the P’s and Q’s as it is about the X’s and Q’s.  figure out what you are going to do with those letters first, and if you don’t have a truly great idea that really fits with what you are doing, write a different kind of book.

But with this book, someone came along with a really good idea.  “A is for Salad”.  I loved it before I even opened it.

Title: A is for Salad
Author/Illustrator: Mike Lester
Genre: Picture Book, Alphabet Book (Yes, I think alphabet books are a genre all to themselves!)
Age: 2 – 6, but really best for those who are pretty good with their letters and ready for a fun new challenging way to practice them

Summary and Review:

I was SO excited about this book!  It does exactly what I want my picture books to do–draws my child into to the text and makes him respond out loud!

In this beautifully conceived book, each letter of the alphabet seems to stand for something it doesn’t.  A is for salad, B is for viking, C is for hot dog.  But then you look closer.  This is a book you have to interact with!  (Yea!)  The picture is of an alligator eating a salad.  And a beaver dressed up as a viking.  It’s brilliant.  My three year-old loved it.  He loved saying “WHAT?!” with an incredulous expression on his face after I read each one.  And then he would respond with enthusiasm (and much drama–we are three, after all).  “NO, A is not for SALAD,” he would say as if that were the funniest, most ridiculous thing in the world.  “A is for ALLIGATOR!!!”  And so on and so forth throughout the whole book.  It was truly awesome.  I’m always saying that you have to get your kids interacting with their books, and this one does it for you.  It’s a really fun read, and gets kids to think about the letters instead of passively listen to them be recited.

My only quibble with the book is the illustrations.  Because of the way they are drawn, some of the animals are tricky to guess.  Since the whole point is for the kid to say the name of the animal, I would rather if it was a little more clear.  But no matter, and after one reading they will get it anyway.

You will love this one and your kids will love interacting with it.