An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

Lynn: “It was a quiet morning at preschool until Adelaide annoyed Bailey.”  An escalating alphabetic chain reaction follows right up to the drenching moment when Zelda zaps Adelaide.  Miss Mabel asks Adelaide to apologize and soon calm returns to the school as everyone settles in for story time.

Bottner’s delightfully droll disasters are cleverly captured by Michael Emberley’s illuminating illustrations, executed excellently in pencil and watercolors.  Each sequential scene is seriously sidesplitting.  Readers will love watching the merry mayhem multiply.  OK – sorry – the book seems to be infectious!  This little gem is a hoot, clever and funny and each illustration rewards repeat reading.  Oops – I’m doing it again.

Our focus group who consider themselves waaaay to old for alphabet books loved this one anyway and I think it is going to become a family favorite.  Ack – I can’t stop.  I’m handing this off to Cindy before I’m permanently alliterized!

Cindy: I’ll tell you what’s annoying…returning from a busy ALA conference, tired and jet-lagged, and waking up to find out that Lynn expects me to be creatively alliterative in this post. Both bloggers being bouncy is too much for me this morning. I think she is nattering nervously on Newbery fumes! 🙂 And as I flip through this book’s precocious pages again, this book is sounding much like the annoying adolescents in my middle school who are in serious need of a snow day to regain their calm. Or maybe they just need a spray with a watering hose and then a story hour. Yeah, that’s the ticket!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

2 Comments on "An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner"

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  1.' Hollis says:

    Gosh I love you too. This is a must buy, thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  2. Y’all’s excellent analysis arrested everyone’s attention.

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