The Awful Aardvarks Go to School

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When a pack of awful aardvarks go to school, the results are delightfully disastrous. They anger the anteater and flick fleas at Freddie Frog as they storm their way through the classroom and through the alphabet. The hilarious illustrations are the perfect match for the non-stop humor of the rhymes in this fun-filled alphabet book.

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Overview

When a pack of awful aardvarks go to school, the results are delightfully disastrous. They anger the anteater and flick fleas at Freddie Frog as they storm their way through the classroom and through the alphabet. The hilarious illustrations are the perfect match for the non-stop humor of the rhymes in this fun-filled alphabet book.

"High hilarity reigns when aardvarks invade the classroom....This combines a witty rhyme with artwork that is both frenzied and funny." —Booklist, starred review

"A witty, giddy alphabet book."—Publishers Weekly

An alphabetical listing of the acts of destruction committed by mischievous aardvarks on their animal classmates during a visit to school.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This witty, giddy alphabet book also takes a sideways glance at issues of crime and punishment. In a rhyming narrative that echoes the voice of a precocious first grader complete with knowing asides, Lindbergh View from the Air relates the chaos that ensues when a quartet of mischievous aardvarks shows up at the local school: "They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny they pulled down his pants." In double-page spreads, Pearson's watercolor-and-ink drawings amplify the calamity by depicting the aardvarks as unstoppable. They seem omnipresent, defying all polite conventions of behavior and invading every animal's personal space. A tiny aardvark charts young readers' course, making stops at each of the 26 letters in the alphabet border that runs atop each spread. Children will pore over the details: in one spread, "the Llama's new Lunchbox they Launched like a rocket," the Llama's list flies out with lute, lemon and lamp among its items there's a thank-you Letter from the artist, too. Finally, after tormenting an alphabetic roster of victims including a quintuplet of quails, the thugs are "eXpelled"; and are last seen on their way to wreak havoc at the Zoo. The story is filled with whimsy, but young children who identify with the defenseless animals left completely on their own with no teacher in sight may be troubled by the aardvarks' lack of remorse. Ages 3-8. Sept.
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K-Gr 2--A funny, alliterative romp through the alphabet. Four friendly and frolicking aardvarks arrive at school, where they disturb and distress everyone in the class, blacken the boards, and cause quite a mess. "They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny (they pulled down his pants)." As the aardvarks wreak havoc, an equally awful aardvark marks the alphabetical progress in a prominently featured alphabet along the top of each double-page spread. There's one mild narrative epithet in which the aardvarks are justifiably referred to as jerks, but it's all in the name of rhyming. The equally amusing watercolor illustrations are a good match, reflecting perfectly the satisfying actions of the text right down to when the dreadful creatures "Flicked Fleas at our Friend Freddie Frog." A flying success.--Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
There are plenty of alphabet books around—and not a few really good ones—so it may not be the faults of Lindbergh and Pearson (the team behind There's a Cow in the Road!, 1993) that they make, here, the merest of ripples. A troupe of trouble- making aardvarks stages a smash-and-grab raid at an elementary school attended by animals: "They Angered the Anteater, Ate All the Ants, And Bullied the Bunny (they pulled down his pants)." On they go, chasing chickens, flicking fleas, launching the llama's lunchbox, tossing turtles—until finally they are off to the zoo for some additional havoc. As Pearson draws them in congenial watercolors, these aardvarks are more gleeful than rude (and not nearly as mischievous as the carolers in her own We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1983, not reviewed), so the priggish snappings—"Understand if you will, it was Utterly awful, Those Vandals were Vicious, and Very unlawful"—come across as much ado about nothing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140554885
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/5/2000
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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