After Bill Martin's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, the bar was raised as to what we might hope to expect from alphabet books. No more mindless repetition of those 26 letters--humor, curiosity, and the thrill of the hunt were finally combined to initiate little ones into the magical world of reading. Two worthy additions to this club of wacky and informative picture books are: A is for Salad and Z is for Moose.
Mike Lester's quirky pairing of letters and illustrations prove confusing at first. "A" is for "salad?" What's going on? "B" is for "Viking?" Mr. Lester seems to have lost it--until you look closely at the decidedly goofy critters posing with their alphabetical counterparts. The Alligator eating a salad and the Beaver wearing a Viking helmet "might" give many pint-sized sleuths a clue. Children of all ages will have a rip-roaring good time trying to guess why "N" is for "lunch" (or why we really don't need those troublesome letters "X" and "Y").
Z is for Moose, Moose gets the prize, hands down. Zebra is directing an alphabet photo shoot. There's the expected apple, ball, and cat along with
Learning the alphabet will never be the same.