Alphabet Explosion!: Search and Count from Alien to Zebra

Alphabet Explosion!: Search and Count from Alien to Zebra

by John Nickle
     
 

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It's an alphabet explosion!

18 things in this book begin with the letter "A", 19 start with "H", and there are 37 ways of counting "S".

Can you find them all?

As you search, discover dazzling worlds where poodles paint, crows ride in corn-on-the-cob cars, unicorns wear underwear, and so much more. And when you've counted your way

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It's an alphabet explosion!

18 things in this book begin with the letter "A", 19 start with "H", and there are 37 ways of counting "S".

Can you find them all?

As you search, discover dazzling worlds where poodles paint, crows ride in corn-on-the-cob cars, unicorns wear underwear, and so much more. And when you've counted your way from A-Z, check your answers in the back of the book that lists all 421 things that appear.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this riveting read, Nickle (The Ant Bully) proves that mastering one's ABCs does not have to be routine, as he makes a game out of expanding kids' vocabularies. Each page is devoted to one letter of the alphabet and prompts readers to uncover and name all of the surrounding objects that begin with said letter. The opening instructions aim to engage readers and perhaps make them feel as if they have a competitive edge in what could be a daunting task ("If you find more things than we did, please contact our Chief Alphabet Expert," Nickle himself an email address is listed). With a turn of the page, the game begins with a grouping of identifiable objects in a collage-like design. While some items are in plain sight, others require a more observant eye. (On the E page, there's not just an eel to note, but the electricity he's producing.) The letter often dictates the visual composition, such as a checkerboard pattern for C and a dinosaur that divides a dots backdrop from a diamonds foreground in D. This title lets kids don their thinking caps without feeling like they are being schooled. Chances are, they'll be flipping back and forth to the last pages on which the answers are revealed. But no matter the final score, everyone's a winner with this book. Ages 3-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
The illustrations in this novel counting book bring hints of Henri Roussseau and "I Spy" coupled with humor that will appeal to young children. Each page is filled with disconnected objects and activities featuring letters of the alphabet. Some images are shadows, some are upside down, some jump off the page, some fade into the background. The illustrations include words that may be new for many young children (hare, ivy, kingfisher, perching, needlefish), as well as funny situations—a raccoon looking into a refrigerator, an igloo on an island with palm trees next to an iguana using an iron. There is a squirrel in a saddle shoe riding skis in the snow, while a snake wearing a scarf and a sailor hat pull him. Now that is how many S's? Readers are advised that many examples of a particular letter can be found on each page—20 D's, 32 T's, 47 S's—and there are two pages of instructions on what TO count and what NOT to count. The instructions are really too complicated, especially for young children, and it may be best not to focus too much on the numbers. Thankfully, there is a list for each letter at the end, which only proves how complicated the counting can be: "thirteen trees" counts as 2 T's, NOT thirteen. This will keep children busy looking, counting, and laughing at home, in the library, or the classroom.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This title combines a traditional alphabet book with a search-and-find picture puzzle. Each page is a mix of images jumbled together, and at the bottom of each page, readers are given the number of items to look for that start with a particular letter, such as 20 K's or 8 U's. Answer keys are provided in the back of the book. Combining a variety of elements and styles, including line drawings, etchings, and paintings in one picture creates a surrealist effect, with a hippo in a hula hoop and a patch-wearing poodle painting a portrait of a parrot. It is unlikely that youngsters will find all 32 words beginning with T unless they recognize a tapir, or remember to count the 13 turquoise trees as three words. The book's main drawback is the complexity of the rules for play, which cover two pages at the beginning. Fans of Walter Wick's picture-puzzle books will enjoy studying this title and may find many of the items, provided they have a firm grasp of the alphabet and a strong vocabulary.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nickle's abecedarian offering invigorates the genre with fresh imagery and media. A double spread on "How to Play" provides details on what-and what not to-count on the ensuing pages. Each of the 26 alphabet pages is captioned with the potential number of words and images to find: 24 H's, 16 J's, and so on. (Clever kids spying more than what's listed in the answer key can inform Nickle, "Chief Alphabet Expert," via a provided e-mail address.) Each page offers an ersatz, irrational landscape, wherein the myriad flora, fauna and stuff, linked purely alliteratively, interact surreally. A hippo Hula Hoops on hind legs near a hill, hovering above a hopscotch board, whereon a haloed hyena hops toward a hot dog and hurrying Humpty Dumpty. Get the picture? Acrylics and spray paint contrast hyper-rendered images (an alligator in an atomic apron; 12 slices of toast) with fuzzy, graffitied shapes and edges. Reproduction quality appears excellent, and smart design, from brilliantly color-blocked endpapers to handsome typography, rounds out a package sure to intrigue primary grade puzzlers. (Nonfiction. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375935985
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.09(w) x 12.01(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Nickle is the author and illustrator of THE ANT BULLY and TV REX, as well as the illustrator of Judi Barrett's THINGS THAT ARE MOST IN THE WORLD. THE ANT BULLY is scheduled to be released as a Warner Bros. movie next summer and Midway recently bought the video game rights. The author lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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