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Volume VII Number 10 . . . . January 19, 2001
An aardvark flew an airplane with an acrobatic ape.First-time children's author David Dadson has done a terrific job with his use of rhyme, and the text rips off the tongue. In addition to these delightful silly alphabet rhymes, each page includes upper and lower case examples of the letter with a list of objects which can be found in the picture. Illustrator Roy Condy's fun, colorful illustrations strongly support the text. This book will provide hours of delight as the reader ties to locate all of the items listed and finds even more that are not. The "Can You Find These Words Too" page at the back of the book is great and will give the reader lots of hints. My favorite letter is B, and the illustration includes the banner reading, "Bogwater Blues Band Bi-annual Barbecue." Well, it's a close call with the letter P whose illustration includes a "No Partaking of Pickles Please" poster which is beside the poster that reads, "No Poster Posting on the Premises." This entertaining and interactive picture book will result in gales of laughter; adults might even get the giggles. Readers will definitely increase their word building skills and learn a lot of new words. I now know what an ibex is. You'll have to read the book to find out!
Catherine Hoyt is the Curator of the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection at the University of New Brunswick.
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