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Alpha Beta Chowder

Alpha Beta Chowder

by William Steig
     
 
You've learned your alphabet, from Apple to Zebra. Now have some fun with it! See the hag with the heebies-jeebies. Hear Carrotina play her concertina. Each verse plays with a letter of the alphabet "in this animated alphabet book, abuzz with crazy characters. A splendid collaboration . . . There is never a dull moment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review. Full color.

Overview

You've learned your alphabet, from Apple to Zebra. Now have some fun with it! See the hag with the heebies-jeebies. Hear Carrotina play her concertina. Each verse plays with a letter of the alphabet "in this animated alphabet book, abuzz with crazy characters. A splendid collaboration . . . There is never a dull moment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The Steigs have some fun with a cornucopia of words in this light verse tribute to the alphabet. From a to z, each poem plays with its letter adroitly, from abhorrent axolotles to "Feckless Father's Foolish Frolic" and "Shipwrecked Sailors Salvage Stilton." The poems should delightfully twist kids' tongues, while William Steig's usual wry illustrations will add appropriate flavor. Ogden Nash would be proud.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Jeanne Steig's Alpha Beta Chowder is the most deliciously wicked ABC poetry book to appear in recent years. Ms. Steig delights readers with the saucy humor while she challenges their vocabulary quotients. "An Appetizer for Alexander", for example, begins "Abhorrent axolotl, scat! Unless you'd like to feed my cat," and ends with an explanation of what an axolotl is-"Amphibian, avoid thy fate. Slither off! Absquatulate!" Adults will enjoy as much as the kids her verbal agility and William Steig's outrageously funny caricatures.
Hazel Rochman
Joy in words, their sound and meaning, the more esoteric the better--that's the basis of this collection of mock-heroic nonsense verses. Each verse plays with a letter of the alphabet, glorying in alliteration and assonance, from "Abhorrent axolotl, scat!" to "Toby Twits Tina" and "Exegesis on the Sphinx." One of the best is "Quentin Quails" ("Quick-witted Quentin rode out on a quest"); there's also "Noisome Naomi," whose voice is like a needle. The lines aren't all as good; some of the rhymes are lame, and even the nonsense logic gets lost at times. Steig's pen-and-watercolor illustrations range from sly to wild. As always, his brattish kids wreak havoc with demonic concentration. But it's the facial expressions that are the most telling, whether on the wary cat, the nervy nuisance, or the glowering sphinx that fell asleep exhausted and awakened extinct.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062050076
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
Michael di Capua Bks.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Jeanne Steig is the author of several books for children including, most notably, Consider the Lemming, The Old Testament Made Easy, Alpha Beta Chowder, A Handful of Beans, and A Gift from Zeus; all of which were illustrated by her late husband and award-winning author/illustrator, William Steig. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

William Steig (1907–2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator, and author of award-winning books for children. Most notably Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, for which he received the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award Finalist; and Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor books. Steig is also the creator of Shrek! which inspired the Dreamworks films. Steig also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the America Book Award, and Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also the US nominee for both of the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Awards as an illustrator in 1982, and then as an author in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Steig, and four children.

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