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Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole, the author/illustrator team who brought us Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale, Some Smug Slug and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke, return with a hilarious new alliterative picture book. The Wacky Wedding is more than an entertaining tale about an ant wedding at which everything goes wrong — it's an interactive alphabet book that makes learning your ABC's fun!
"An army of ants attended a wedding, once on an April afternoon." And so begins this tale of two adoring ants who are about to get married. From "A" on the first page to "Z" on the last, the prose on each page is filled with words beginning with the same letter. The text is lively and the story quite fun. However, some of the language is rather sophisticated, and several words may be unfamiliar to younger readers (and may have to be defined by an adult who's reading along).
As preparations for the ants' wedding proceed, mishaps abound. First, the cleaner ants who "carted the colony's cake" drop it. Then, "a foolish fruit fly let[s] some fruit fall," and it almost flattens the groom. Worst of all, after the ceremony, the bride trips and falls into a puddle. When a string of soldier ants fails to save her, she's in danger of drowning...until a valiant velvet ant swims to her rescue. Thus, the story ends happily, and "zillions of fireflies set ablaze the night sky as drowsily the ants zigzagged home toward their nests."
In addition to the alliterative use of a different letter on every page, each letter of the alphabet is hidden in the illustration,andthere is an object beginning with that letter placed somewhere on that page. This will ensure close scrutiny by kids — as well as multiple readings. The Wacky Wedding is a book that can be enjoyed again and again; new discoveries constantly abound.
From its colorful, comical pictures to its lyrical, laugh-out-loud story, The Wacky Wedding is a great read-aloud and a great read-along. But no matter how it's shared with kids, it always means lots of interactive learning fun!
Reading level: Ages 4-7