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Book Trailer Thursday: OWLS ARE GOOD AT KEEPING SECRETS

As indicated by the subtitle, Sara O’Leary’s Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets isn’t your typical abecedary. While children will recognize many of the animals introducing letters of the alphabet (alligators for A, foxes for F, giraffes for G), others such as iguanas and meerkats may be exciting and new. Through his illustrations, Jacob Grant expertly highlights another […]

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Running Away with the Alphabet

Lynn:  On the title page of Patrick McDonnell’s nearly wordless new picture book, The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) (2017), a little red cat wakes up. The door is open! Up he jumps and out he leaps, running straight into an abecedarian adventure that tickles the funny bone. The […]

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Alphabet Stories: Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!

Lynn: Picture books are often a goldmine of freshly imaginative creative work, but alphabet books are especially fascinating to me. The alphabet is, after all, a very specific topic! How many ways can an ordered listing of letters be presented, anyway? I am always surprised and delighted at the different ways writers and illustrators play with this old standard. […]

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Cindy: If the title Z is for Moose (Greenwillow 2012) confuses you, you’re not alone, but hang on to your “H is for Hat” and all will become clear. But first some seriousness, some humor, and some tantrums before the friendly resolution. Zebra has a clipboard and a plan for this alphabet book and is determined […]

E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld

E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld

Cindy: I’ve been immersed in teen lit this year but being the klutz I am, I couldn’t help but notice the cover of E-mergency! (Chronicle 2011) with poor E slipping on a flight of stairs headed straight for O. Oh-no! The importance of the most frequently used letter E is made perfectly clear in this funny story […]

An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner

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 […]

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk

Cindy: I collect rocks everywhere I travel (a habit from my grandmother) and I am partial to ones with holes in them, but this collection in If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet (Tricycle Press 2011) really ROCKS. Instead of collecting seashells on her Florida beaches, McGuirk slowly built an alphabet collection of rocks A-Z. […]

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Lynn: LMNO Peas (S&S/Beach Lane 2010) had me laughing before I even saw the book. Countless small children have sung this section of the alphabet song just this way, including my own sons and grandsons. I kept right on laughing when I read the book because the execution is just as much fun as the […]

Lights On Broadway:  A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert

Lights On Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert

Lynn: Cindy saw a review of Lights On Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z (Blue Apple, 2009) and we got excited about it but somehow it dropped off our radar until we saw it in the booth at Midwinter and got excited all over again. This eye-catching high-voltage picture book defines theater terms […]

The Sleepy Little Alphabet:  A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra

The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra

Lynn: Our focus group is starting to throw their weight around. Ever since we read The Sleepy Little Alphabet (Random/Knopf, June 2009) in galley several months ago, they’ve been asking if we have written about it yet. Explaining that we like to blog books closer to the publication didn’t impress them. They adored this book […]