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A is for Salad [Paperback]

Mike Lester
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Jan. 17 2002 Picture Puffins
A is for what? A is for salad, and B is for Viking. Welcome to the wacky world of Mike Lester, where nothing is as it seems. Is A really for salad, or is it for the alligator eating a bowl of mixed greens? And maybe B is for the beaver wearing a Viking helmet. You'll have to look twice to figure out what each letter really stands for in this irreverent alphabet book. Learning your ABCs has never been so much F-U-N.

Mike Lester “turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head . . . the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: 'not important. Never use them'." US News and World Report

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"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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical alphabet book! May 28 2002
I work at a public library in the kids' dept., so when I saw another alphabet book I almost passed it by, but the picture on the front of the book of an alligator eating a salad really piqued my curiosity. "A is for Salad??? What???" I said, and had to open the book to see what was going on. I didn't just look at a page or two, but had to read through the whole thing - it was just so cute and had me smiling as I figured out what each letter REALLY stands for. Great to get kids thinking while having fun, each picture depicts an animal beginning with the featured letter engaged in some activity. For example, an alligator is eating a salad. There are a few animals, such as the iguana and narwhal, which have helpful clues as to the animals' identities hidden in the pictures. Kids may need help to identify the jellyfish and vulture, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A is for ... what? March 28 2000
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I am the children's librarian at a public library in Wisconsin, and when I first saw this book, I fell out of my chair laughing! I decided to use it for "silly stories" in my story hour, and all the kids got a great kick out of identifying what the letter REALLY stood for. Children may have a hard time identifying the animals for "N" and "I" but otherwise, each letter is well-represented. The illustrations are beautifully done with lots of color and they are balanced nicely on the page. If you're looking for an alphabet with a twist (and to test your child's knowledge), try this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your everyday abc book July 27 2000
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When I first saw this book, I couldn't get over how much fun it was! I've seen ABC books based on fireman's activities, on baby's day, on animals from Montana, but this stands the whole genre on its head! A is for the alligator eating the salad--and a kid who has just learned his ABCs is going to get the joke. It's sophisticated humor for the young reader, and I think that kids will enjoy being let in on the fun.
I definitely recommend buying it. A great activity: Have kids write & illustrate their own non-traditional abc book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An alphabet joke book June 11 2001
By A Customer
When I read this book to my grandson,he immediately got the joke. Whenever I am down, I pick up this book and laugh myself back into a good mood. The illustrations are hilarious especially the moose in cowboy boots. This is a real change from ordinary alphabet books- because the joke is on the reader. Someone observant sees its the animals doing the actions that are the real word that corresponds with the letter. I just bought this for my grandson because he kept asking me to get it for him.
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