A is for Salad

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A is for what? A is for salad, and B is for Viking. Welcome to the wacky world of Mike Lester, where nothing is as it seems. Is A really for salad, or is it for the alligator eating a bowl of mixed greens? And maybe B is for the beaver wearing a Viking helmet. You'll have to look twice to figure out what each letter really stands for in this irreverent alphabet book. Learning your ABCs has never been so much F-U-N.

Mike Lester “turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head ....

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Overview

A is for what? A is for salad, and B is for Viking. Welcome to the wacky world of Mike Lester, where nothing is as it seems. Is A really for salad, or is it for the alligator eating a bowl of mixed greens? And maybe B is for the beaver wearing a Viking helmet. You'll have to look twice to figure out what each letter really stands for in this irreverent alphabet book. Learning your ABCs has never been so much F-U-N.

Mike Lester “turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head . . . the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: 'not important. Never use them'." US News and World Report

Each letter of the alphabet is presented in an unusual way, such as: "A is for salad" showing an alligator eating a bowl of greens.

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Editorial Reviews

Sesame Street Parents
This book is a hoot! Each page features a comic scene in full-color woodcuts: a beaver with a Viking helmet, a moose in cowboy boots, a rabbit in a bowling shirt. The pictures are funny enough, but then the author gets really kookie and mixes up letter sounds. D is for remote control, the book tells us, showing a duck watching TV in his recliner. E is for pajamas, the text continues, revealing an elephant clad in pink peanut-print sleepwear. Older children who are already at ease with the alphabet will spot the jokes and savor them.
US News and World Report
[Mike Lester] turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head . . . the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: 'not important. Never use them'.
Publishers Weekly
"Lester stands ceremony on its ear in this deviant abecedarian aimed at an audience who already has a firm grasp of their ABCs," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Mike Lester's A is for Salad has an interesting perspective and serves as an inspiration for a wonderful guessing game. On the "A is for salad" page, for example, the child determines that the letter "a" is not really for salad, but for the exuberant alligator eating this salad. The quirky presentation, humor, simplicity, and playful illustrations make it a book to which children will want to return when they can identify words. 2000, Putnam, Ages 4 to 7, $9.99. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
US News And World Report
No, the author is not a bad speller. Rather he turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head...the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: "not important. Never use them."
Kraft
Finally someone has realized that ABC books are ridiculously overdone and can stand to be made fun of. Turning the alphabet book idea on its head, Lester claims that B is actually for Viking, L is for Hair Dryer, and T is for Polka Dotted underpants. Avoiding the problem of whether to use X-Ray or Xylophone for X altogether, he tells us that X and Y are not important letters and should not be used. The end papers do point out the possibility that there may be more appropriate uses for the letters, in case any parents out there are concerned about confusing their children.
—Erik P. Kraft, The Boston Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Similarly, "B is for Viking" accompanies a Beaver in a horned helmet, "C" is for a hot dog held by a tubby tiger Cat, and so forth to "Z," which, being for "The End," is exemplified by a Zebra presenting its tush to the viewer. The animals in Lester's stylized menagerie pose in a variety of comically exaggerated expressions, from grumpy to panic-stricken, and the patterned text varies just enough to stave off monotony. Less a reading-skills lesson than a playful exercise in cognitive dissonance, this makes a perfect gateway to Scieszka/Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119260
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 797,444
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2002

    Too Cute!

    My nine and five year olds LOVE this book! They enjoy the wackiness, and my little one picked up on the relationship between what was written and the pictures right away. One of their favorite pages shows a picture of a couch-potato mallard and says 'D is for Remote Control'......Very fun!

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