Al Pha's Betby Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Delphine Durand
Wonderful things are being invented every day in Al Pha's world-fire, the wheel, even shadows! His big chance to be part of history comes when the King announces that the twenty-six recently invented letters need to be put in order. Al makes a bet with himself that he's the man for the job. Through a series of funny events, he eventually finds the perfect order for… See more details below
Wonderful things are being invented every day in Al Pha's world-fire, the wheel, even shadows! His big chance to be part of history comes when the King announces that the twenty-six recently invented letters need to be put in order. Al makes a bet with himself that he's the man for the job. Through a series of funny events, he eventually finds the perfect order for the letters, and the king rewards him by naming his creation the "Alphabet."
Sure to entertain and engage young readers, this book turns the ABC's inside out. Kids will laugh at the quirky illustrations and clever wordplay, while wondering where the alphabet really did get its order.
Less a traditional abecedary than an original pourquois tale, Rosenthal's latest asks the question, how did the alphabet come to be?
The story purports that letters (along with fire, the wheel and shadows) were already invented when title character, Al Pha, makes a bet with himself that he can devise the best order for them. The king has high hopes that "once the letters are organized, writing will really take off! Books! Poetry! Love letters! Stop signs!" The illogic of this anticipation is mitigated by the humorous tone of the text and Delphine Durand's cartoonish, acrylic illustrations, which then depict Al Pha lugging a sack of letters home to begin to sorting them into an order largely based on associations. "The first one was easy. He chose A, for Al." Later, "Feeling hungry, Al picked an apple. 'Mmmm. Delicious.' All that mmmming led him to the next letter. And that's double perfect, thought Al. M for middle." His task complete a few spreads later, Al Pha presents the ordered letters to the king, who sings them in sequence and then names the arrangement in honor of Alpha and his bet.
A fresh take on a tried-and-true topic.(Picture book. 3-5)
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Amy Krouse Rosenthal's other books include New York Times bestsellers Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons and Duck! Rabbit! (Time Magazine's #1 Children's Book of 2009). She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Delphine Durand has illustrated Putnam's Chicken of the Family (which was a CCBC Choice and Bulletin Blue Ribbon). She lives in France.
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