AlphaBest

 
Helaine Becker
Dave Whamond
 

As a masked and caped superhero pursues a mischievous villain through an amusement park in this clever picture book, the only text provided is a series of adjectives and their comparatives and superlatives. For example, as the villain flies off the Ferris wheel, the text reads “Dizzy”; when he lands and can't walk a straight line, “Dizzier”; and then when he falls flat on his face, “Dizziest.” The high-energy illustrations containing hilarious scenes of mayhem (including slime!) help bring the concepts to vivid life. The adjectives appear in alphabetical order, from A (Angry, Angrier, Angriest) to Z (Zany, Zanier, Zaniest). There are some exceptions included as well, such as “Magnificent,” “More Magnificent” and “Most Magnificent” and the word “Unique,” which has no comparatives or superlatives.

Award-winning children's book author Helaine Becker has created a playful and multilayered book that will find lots of uses in the classroom. It provides a perfect, easy-to-understand language arts lesson on adjectives in general and on comparatives and superlatives in particular. It also works as an alphabet book, a primer for spelling and a vocabulary resource. And it's a truly fun picture book story as well --- with a surprising twist at the end! --- that early readers and pre-readers can enjoy on their own. Dave Whamond's exuberant illustrations are bursting with humor and lots of comical details, encouraging visual literacy. As a bonus, more information about these distinctive adjectives along with teaching tips can be found at the end of the book.

978-1-55453-715-0 | Sep 1, 2012
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $17.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 32 pages
Grades: Pre-K To 3 / Ages: 4 to 8

Educational Resources

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Non-Prose

Awards & Reviews

“... lots of humorous details that are sure to have kids chuckling.”
— Kirkus Reviews, July 2012
“... Whamond's illustrations have a strong sense of comedy ...”
— Publishers Weekly, September 2012
2012 - Reuben Award for Book Illustration, National Comics Society, Short-listed

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