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AA Is for Aardvark: Double the Letters! Double the Fun!
     

AA Is for Aardvark: Double the Letters! Double the Fun!

by Mark Shulman, Tamara Petrosino (Illustrator)
 
Double the letters--double the fun! You've never seen an ABC book quite like this. Each page features words or phrases where the letters of the alphabet "double up."

Two by two the letters come, in a riot of inventive language, fun sounds, and witty images: DD is for puddle, but that's not all. The illustration shows a crazy, chaotic street full

Overview

Double the letters--double the fun! You've never seen an ABC book quite like this. Each page features words or phrases where the letters of the alphabet "double up."

Two by two the letters come, in a riot of inventive language, fun sounds, and witty images: DD is for puddle, but that's not all. The illustration shows a crazy, chaotic street full of animals, including ducks enjoying a swim, plus a sign that says "No waddling in the middle of the muddy road" and a "Daddy-O" license plate. It's an unusual approach that's really irresistible, and perfect for parents, teachers, and librarians who'd like a new and entertaining way to teach the alphabet to little ones.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
This entry in the aalphabet genre takes an inventive approach, highlighting words in which letters appear twice in a row. So Aaron Aardvark plays with Isaac Aardwolf for AA, while T features a little kitten. Some letters are easier to double up than others, which adds to the fun. The EE page includes peep, beep, peeking, speedy, and several others. WW, on the other hand, requires a bit more stretching , plus a bowwow from the dog that views it. Many of the examples are printed, usually as signs or labels, or within the word bubbles of the talking animals. This allows prereaders to spot the double letters even if they are not quite ready to read or understand all of the words. Some scenes include double-letter items without a written clue, such as the squirrel with a carrot in RR, which provides an extra challenging element for older readers. The playful watercolor illustrations depict a large cast of characters interacting in a variety of humorous settings. Colorful figures like the vacuuming horse and the happy, hippie hippo lend the right touch of wackiness to the visual presentation. There's challenging letter-related fun throughout, with the final page bringing readers back to the aardvark that has completed a puzzle, a pizza, and a fizzy cola and now sleeps with a Zz.
—(Steven Engelfried)
Publishers Weekly
Though the tag line splashed across the jacket ("Double the Letters! Double the Fun!) smacks somewhat tritely of a chewing gum jingo, there are indeed laughs to be had in these silly, often inventive pages showcasing words with repeated letters. For each alphabetical offering, Petrosino (Rocky the Cat Who Barks) conjures spirited, vibrantly colored if occasionally garish cartoon scenarios starring animal characters. The pictures' particulars and the critters' comments reinforce the double-letter notion: on a page declaring "MM is for yummy," a young monkey standing in front of a truck selling "Sammy's Sweets," exclaims, "Mm! Yummy in my tummy!" while another screams, "Gimme!" A few of the entries are a bit bland (for the text "OO is for toodle-oo!," depictions of a ghost, cow and owl, respectively utter "Boo!," "Moo!" and "Whoo!"). In some cases, author and artist stretch the concept-and do so wryly: "JJ is for 2 jacks," is illustrated by a jack playing card featuring two royal jack rabbits, one of whom comments, "Just joking"; and a follow-up ("QQ is for 2 queens") reveals a queen playing card on which one of two crowned canards quips "Quack Quack!!"-a sly aside reads, "(Hey, it worked for the jacks!)" It's altogether fuNNy, gOOd-natured and agrEEable. Ages 5-7. (Dec.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
So your child understands the alphabet and you are so proud of the accomplishment. Here is another step in the understanding of our language. This is a fun experience in looking at the doubling of letters that makes certain words. The author and illustrator have used cleaver ways to double the letters in the story besides hiding words in the pictures. The author writes books for both children and adults and in this book, the appeal is there for both. Children, parents, and teachers will be looking for other words to add to this list. This would be great gift for grandchildren or your favorite school. 2005, Sterling Publishing Co., Ages 3 to 6.
—Barbara Youngblood

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402728716
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.24(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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