Here’s my next entry in the “Clever Alphabet book” category. I’m kidding, I don’t have a Clever Alphabet category on my blog, but I think I might need one now. My first entry in this budding category, The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg, is a fun, if dangerous, alphabet book.
Take Away the A takes each letter and removes it from a word to make a new word. “Without the C, the Chair has Hair.” “Without the L, the Plants wear Pants.” Clever, right? My second graders thought so and had a great time reading this book with me. The illustrations, by Kris Di Giacomo, are lots of fun, too. I highly recommend this book to early readers who will love figuring out what happens as each letter disappears.
Stay tuned for my next clever Alphabet book, Oliver Jeffers’ Once Upon an Alphabet.
I’m a fan of Chris Van Allsburg’s work, particularly of The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. I save most of his books for my older students, so finding a book that my younger students can enjoy is great. As always, there are incredible black and white illustrations and just a touch of dark humor in the book. This is definitely a different kind of alphabet book. 😉
In the Z was Zapped, the entire alphabet, presented in “a play in 26 acts”, meets its demise on stage. “The A was in an avalanche. The B was badly bitten. The C was cut to ribbons…” It’s fun watching my students guess at how each letter meets its end. This was perfect for my 1st graders.