"Lester stands ceremony on its ear in this deviant abecedarian aimed at an audience who already has a firm grasp of their ABCs," said PW. Ages 4-8.
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Kindergarten-Grade 1-Lester presents each letter of the alphabet through a cartoonlike animal that actually begins with that letter, accompanied by totally unrelated text. For example, "A is for salad" has an alligator munching on a bowl of greens, "L is for hair dryer" has a lion blowing out his mane, etc. The back endpapers provide the correct correlation ("A is also for alligator"). Children just learning their letters will not benefit from this type of confusion, and the book provides little substance for older readers whose sense of humor has progressed past the tiger-in-underwear stage. Some of the examples are simply pointless, such as "X and Y are not important letters. Never use them." This spread depicts two garbage men carting the letters off to their truck. Many unique and interesting alphabet books are available such as George Shannon's Tomorrow's Alphabet (Morrow, 1998) or Stephen T. Johnson's Alphabet City (Viking, 1995). Pass on this one.
Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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This book is for all the adults who secretly watch Sesame Street and read Shel Silverstein. More clearly for kids and less cynical than Uncle Shelby's ABZ's but just as funny. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2001 by Alexa
A is for Salad, by Mike Lester, is a wonderful book! My children (ages 7 and 5) love the humor, and so do I. It's a fun break from the plethora of alphabet books on the market. Read morePublished on July 23 2001 by J Kent
I'm the director for a bookmobile and I'm always searching for good kids' books to read aloud. I LOVE this book...the illustrations are GREAT, the idea is fantastic. Read morePublished on April 10 2000 by Sue Keefer