Y Is for Yowl!: A Scary Alphabetby Laura Purdie Salas
Spine-tingling, bone-chilling photos make your heart race…and you love it! Find your favorite things that go "bump" in the night in Y is for Yowl!
Children's Literature - Christine D. WardThe alphabet is brought to life as letters are accompanied by related words and photos of night crawlers, haunted house inhabitants, poisonous creatures, and visions of nightmares past. Interesting letters to note include "K," which is for "Knife," shows a knife-thrower who needs perfect calm as he prepares to throw a sharp tool at his terrified lady; "Q," which is for "Quicksand," shows an eerie hand reaching from mucky mire; and "X," which is for "Explode," shows fireworks illuminating the night sky. Finally, "Z" is for "Zombies," which feed on "BRAINS! YIKES!" Each page has a built-in photo-quality image cast behind the alphabet letter printed in an eerie font followed by vivid descriptors and lush colors that stimulate the imagination and hook the reader to turn the page to the next fright. Following the alphabet pages, the author provides related nonfiction content, including "Fun Facts" pages, a glossary of terms complete with a pronunciation key, and a list of additional resources related to the content of the book. This picture book may not be appropriate for very young children, as the images may elicit fear and unpleasant dreams; however, use in the elementary classroom as a read-aloud may be appropriate for early readers. Reviewer: Christine D. Ward
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