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Alphabet Explosion! Search and Count from Alien to Zebra

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Artistic alphabet search is clever but tricky.

Book John Nickle Alphabet 2006
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More an offbeat alphabet search game than a story, this book will test even the oldest readers. Young kids may be overwhelmed with the challenge of finding 22 A's or 45 S's. They may even find it impossible since not all the words are nouns, which can be hard for younger kids to understand. The mix of sounds -- hard and soft "c" sounds, for example -- may confuse beginning readers.

The brightly colored, playful illustrations in acrylics and spray paint on watercolor paper are inventive and inviting. The cartoon-like creatures will make kids want to play the game. But clever pictures may not make up for the obtuseness of some images; it's a little too ingenuous for its own good. Thank goodness a list of answers is presented at the back of the book.

Book Details

  • Author: John Nickle
  • Illustrator: John Nickle
  • Genre: Alphabet
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
  • Publication date: October 31, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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