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When a group of rambunctious aardvarks arrive at school, chaos erupts, in a lively alphabet book with full-color illustrations. Reprint.
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There are plenty of alphabet books around--and not a few really good ones--so it may not be the faults of Lindbergh and Pearson (the team behind There's a Cow in the Road!, 1993) that they make, here, the merest of ripples. A troupe of trouble- making aardvarks stages a smash-and-grab raid at an elementary school attended by animals: ``They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny (they pulled down his pants).'' On they go, chasing chickens, flicking fleas, launching the llama's lunchbox, tossing turtles--until finally they are off to the zoo for some additional havoc. As Pearson draws them in congenial watercolors, these aardvarks are more gleeful than rude (and not nearly as mischievous as the carolers in her own We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1983, not reviewed), so the priggish snappings--``Understand if you will, it was Utterly awful, Those Vandals were Vicious, and Very unlawful''--come across as much ado about nothing. (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2. A funny, alliterative romp through the alphabet. Four friendly and frolicking aardvarks arrive at school, where they disturb and distress everyone in the class, blacken the boards, and cause quite a mess. "They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny (they pulled down his pants)." As the aardvarks wreak havoc, an equally awful aardvark marks the alphabetical progress in a prominently featured alphabet along the top of each double-page spread. There's one mild narrative epithet in which the aardvarks are justifiably referred to as jerks, but it's all in the name of rhyming. The equally amusing watercolor illustrations are a good match, reflecting perfectly the satisfying actions of the text right down to when the dreadful creatures "Flicked Fleas at our Friend Freddie Frog." A flying success.?Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
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Book Description Puffin, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110140554882
Book Description Puffin, 2000. Condition: New. Tracey Campbell Pearson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0140554882