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Basher: ABC Kids
     

Basher: ABC Kids

by Simon Basher
 

Using creative alliteration, his signature Manga-style artwork, and his eye for clever design, Simon Basher brings a fresh approach to reimagining the alphabet. Each spread of Basher: ABC Kids brings a new letter, a new friend, and some hilariously imaginative action. From Arthur, whose angry ant ate apples, to Maude whose mean monkey makes marvelous milkshakes

Overview

Using creative alliteration, his signature Manga-style artwork, and his eye for clever design, Simon Basher brings a fresh approach to reimagining the alphabet. Each spread of Basher: ABC Kids brings a new letter, a new friend, and some hilariously imaginative action. From Arthur, whose angry ant ate apples, to Maude whose mean monkey makes marvelous milkshakes, to Vera who vacuums vegetables, and Zak who zaps zeppelins, each page of this book begs to be turned to see what's coming next.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As Basher's series moves beyond science into other subjects, this ABC book provides a stylish introduction to the alphabet while building vocabularies. His chunky cartoon illustrations are front and center, joined by heavily alliterative sentences ("Leonard's lobster loves licking lollipops"). Basher doesn't take shortcuts: the sentences (even Q, X, and Z) only use words beginning with the featured letter. Full-bleed pastel backdrops give the book the feel of a cheerily illustrated sheaf of construction paper; with inventive vocab on left-hand pages opposite pages focusing on one stand-alone image (like "dog" or "milkshake"), the book is appropriate for both beginning and developing readers. Smart fun. Ages 3–6. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

“Humorous alliterative sentences help budding readers build vocabulary. . . . Bold illustrations on brightly colored pages provide a visual feast for the eyes in this well-executed concept book.” —The Horn Book

“Simon Basher's new Basher: ABC Kids combines Basher's familiar pygmy clothespin-shaped people and globular critters, done up in bold colors set against pastel backgrounds, with tongue-twisting creative captions that anchor and reinforce the sounds of the featured letter and may extend the working vocabulary of early childhood education students. . . . Clever . . . humor[ous] . . . [and] inventive.” —BooksForKidsBlog

“This is an alphabet book with a difference. By using the big, bright Manga-inspired illustrations, young readers, ages 3-6, can begin building up a vocabulary. . . .Upper and lower case letters and an A-to-Z alphabet line on each spread give children multiple tools to learn their ABCs with style and panache.” —TuscsonCitizen.com

“The funny and creative sentences will amuse kids!” —Buckeyebookworm

“[A]n unusually creative alphabet book. Here, Basher characters eat, bounce, dress up, dance, paint and more, all in the service of sentences in which every word begins with the same letter – and some words are significantly more advanced than the ones alphabet books typically contain. . . . The pictures are all quite cute, and a few are outstanding . . . A delightful undercurrent of absurdity keeps the book both surprising and amusing: . . . ABC Kids is both a fine way to learn (or relearn) the alphabet and a great chance to expand vocabulary while thoroughly enjoying some wonderful drawings.” —Infodad.com

“There are many, many, many alphabet books. Yet this is the only one in which the letters are introduced by Basher's distinctive, adorable little icons, so that sets it apart right there. But there's more to this than just cute. The obvious care that has been put into the design, format, and word choices is what makes this a delight. . . . Parents teaching the ABCs will love looking at this as much as their children.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[W]ill enrich and extend a young child's vocabulary. . . . Even with the numerous alphabet books available, this one is a standout and deserves a place in most collections.” —School Library Journal

“This is a full-bore, graphically conspicuous abecedary. . . . Basher's party-colored artwork, boldly outlined images and china-doll faces . . . [grabs] the reader's attention with their chromatic visual pizzazz. . . . The choice of illustrative words is engagingly spot-on . . . with the right amount of challenge; indeed, a number will help build vocabulary as well as letter recognition. . . . And for all those friends of the letters j and x and z, it is a great pleasure for them to get pages of their own, rather than corralled in with the k's and y's.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Basher, best known for his "Science Made Easy" series (Kingfisher), tackles material for the youngest learners. The illustrations are done in the artist's trademark style, a meld of European graphic design and Japanese character creation. Each letter is given a full spread on a brightly colored, uncluttered background. The verso features the letter, both in upper- and lowercase, and a sentence in which each word begins with it. The sentences contain familiar words, as well as those that will enrich and extend a young child's vocabulary. For example, "Arthur's angry ant ate apples," "Iris is irritable in icy igloos." The recto highlights a single word and a picture of an object from the sentence. At the bottom of the page is an alphabet with the featured letter underlined. Even with the numerous alphabet books available, this one is a standout and deserves a place in most collections.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753464953
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Basher Basics Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.58(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile:
AD680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Simon Basher is the creator/illustrator of the best-selling informational book series that include The Periodic Table, Biology, and Astronomy. His illustration stye is described as a synergy of European graphic design and Japanese Manga character creation.

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