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An alphabet adventure
One day i chanced to stop for t
and listen to sweet Mellow D,
in her old H beside the sea,
sing of her long-lost Mister E.
She said he'd hid a treasure chest
out on an I-land to the west.
Just where it's buried she knew not.
But X would surely mark the spot.
Come join the letter men of the Alphaboat as they cross the high seas on a treasure-hunting trip! All twenty-six characters are here, from uppercase officers Captain C and Admiral T to lowercase crewmen silent e and sleepy z.
Packed with visual and verbal puns, this jaunty picture book salutes nautical yarns of yore as it takes readers where no alphabet book has sailed before.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
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Michael Chesworth has illustrated many picture books and is also the creator of Rainy Day Dream and Archibald Frisby, a Reading Rainbow Feature Book. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Grade 2-4-Right from the copyright page ("I dedicate this book to u"), readers will know that they are in for an outrageous adventure as the crew of the Alphaboat sets sail to find a buried treasure. Chesworth's rhymed voyage is chock-full of visual and verbal puns and wordplay that will delight savvy readers. Reminiscent of William Steig's C D B! (S & S, 2000), this book features a full-blown story as the letters go about gathering a crew, ship building, sailing, fighting storms ("a nasty scrawl"), and digging up buried treasure (a dictionary with "`gold' and `silver,' `jewels' and `loot,' and other precious words, to boot"). They sail home around the "Isle of Write," "Pencilvania," "Sands Serif," and "Exclamation Point," and return at the "n" to celebrate their success (which deserves an "apos-trophy"). The "N R G" of the text and the "e's" with which the author/illustrator uses rhymes contribute to the bouncing cadence of the story. The cartoon illustrations will captivate kids as they try to solve the wordplay puzzles in every scene. Each full-color watercolor-and-ink illustration is framed within neat black borders and extends the text with a wealth of visual jokes, hints, and goofy asides. The sophistication of some of the humor may challenge some children, but the abundance of accessible puns will have them examining this literary "I Spy" book to uncover yet another jaunty groaner.
Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110374302448
Book Description Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0374302448