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Building an alphabet is hard work, but one little mouse does it with panache in this peppy picture book (which includes a free poster) by the author of Lunch and Barnyard Banter.
From A to Z, Mouse jovially puts some muscle behind his artful creations after demarcating his workspace with yellow construction tape. Readers get to watch him airbrush an A, level the L, and measure the M, but Mouse's letters go beyond hammers and nails as he prunes a leafy P, "quilts the Q," and "x-rays the X." Of course, all this building can tucker a guy out, and he relaxes happily at the end with his Work Schedule crossed out and a happy "Hurray!!" written in.
Through stunning multicolored pulp paintings -- made by "pouring colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils" -- Fleming's ambitious builder will give any alphabet learner a big smile. Readers will anxiously turn the pages to see how the next letter will appear, and they'll learn challenging construction words in the meantime. Warm and spirited, this alphabet book is ideal for happy learning. Matt Warner