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Basher: ABC Kids [Hardcover]

Simon Basher

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Book Description

April 6 2011 Basher
Using creative alliteration, his signature Manga-style artwork, and his eye for clever design, Simon Basher brings a fresh approach to reimagining the alphabet. Each spread of Basher: ABC Kids brings a new letter, a new friend, and some hilariously imaginative action. From Arthur, whose angry ant ate apples, to Maude whose mean monkey makes marvelous milkshakes, to Vera who vacuums vegetables, and Zak who zaps zeppelins, each page of this book begs to be turned to see what's coming next.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (April 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780753464953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753464953
  • ASIN: 0753464950
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.6 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #580,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


The Horn Book
Humorous alliterative sentences help budding readers build vocabulary. . . . Bold illustrations on brightly colored pages provide a visual feast for the eyes in this well-executed concept book.
Simon Basher's new Basher: ABC Kids combines Basher's familiar pygmy clothespin-shaped people and globular critters, done up in bold colors set against pastel backgrounds, with tongue-twisting creative captions that anchor and reinforce the sounds of the featured letter and may extend the working vocabulary of early childhood education students. . . . Clever . . . humor[ous] . . . [and] inventive.
This is an alphabet book with a difference. By using the big, bright Manga-inspired illustrations, young readers, ages 3-6, can begin building up a vocabulary. . . .Upper and lower case letters and an A-to-Z alphabet line on each spread give children multiple tools to learn their ABCs with style and panache.
The funny and creative sentences will amuse kids!
[A]n unusually creative alphabet book. Here, Basher characters eat, bounce, dress up, dance, paint and more, all in the service of sentences in which every word begins with the same letter – and some words are significantly more advanced than the ones alphabet books typically contain. . . . The pictures are all quite cute, and a few are outstanding . . . A delightful undercurrent of absurdity keeps the book both surprising and amusing: . . . ABC Kids is both a fine way to learn (or relearn) the alphabet and a great chance to expand vocabulary while thoroughly enjoying some wonderful drawings.
(starred review) There are many, many, many alphabet books. Yet this is the only one in which the letters are introduced by Basher's distinctive, adorable little icons, so that sets it apart right there. But there's more to this than just cute. The obvious care that has been put into the design, format, and word choices is what makes this a delight. . . . Parents teaching the ABCs will love looking at this as much as their children.
School Library Journal
[W]ill enrich and extend a young child's vocabulary. . . . Even with the numerous alphabet books available, this one is a standout and deserves a place in most collections.
Kirkus Reviews
This is a full-bore, graphically conspicuous abecedary. . . . Basher's party-colored artwork, boldly outlined images and china-doll faces . . . [grabs] the reader's attention with their chromatic visual pizzazz. . . . The choice of illustrative words is engagingly spot-on . . . with the right amount of challenge; indeed, a number will help build vocabulary as well as letter recognition. . . . And for all those friends of the letters j and x and z, it is a great pleasure for them to get pages of their own, rather than corralled in with the k's and y's.

About the Author

Simon Basher is the creator/illustrator of the best-selling informational book series that include The Periodic Table,  Biology, and Astronomy. His illustration stye is described as a synergy of European graphic design and Japanese Manga character creation.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaunty lines good for three year old Jan. 21 2012
By Martha V. Specht - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter actually asked for this book. My three-year-old granddaughter remembers and recites the alphabet jingles at odd times during the day. Fun!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book Nov. 15 2012
By J. Feist - Published on Amazon.com
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My 19 month old son loves his alphabet and LOVES looking at the big letters on each page. He has learned what each item is that goes with each letter because the pictures are so fun. It's also a fun read especially since I emphasize the sounds in each little phrase and it really has helped him to start wanting to try and speak!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ABC Book May 14 2013
By Gwendolyn - Published on Amazon.com
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I got two of these. One for each of my new grandchildren. It shows the upper case and lower case letters and then gives an alliteration that teaches the child the sound of the letter.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems pretty similar to another book Feb. 26 2014
By Bartholomew - Published on Amazon.com
If people like this book they should check out http://www.amazon.com/Annes-Amazing-Animal-Alphabet-Casbarian-ebook/dp/B004OR1I7Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1393464447&sr=8-3&keywords=anne%27s+amazing+alphabet

It was published earlier and has the same idea if you like phonic based sentences.

I don't know if Anne's Amazing Animal Alphabet was Simon's inspiration or not. Maybe great minds think alike!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected Dec 26 2012
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book based on previous reviews and the look inside feature. The pages are colorful and grab my daughter's attention, however I find that many of the pages use negative wording and illustrate innapproriate behavior for a children's book, using words like angry, dreadful, fiendish, greedy, crafty, yucky, mean, etc. or behavior such as bouncing bugs, needing noodles now, to name a few. I find it difficult to read to her becasue I do not want to teach her such words / behaviors in order to illustrate the alphabet,

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