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P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Wacky alphabet book pokes fun at silent letters and more.

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This unconventional alphabet book makes a great read aloud and will open kids' minds to the crazy world of words and spelling. Reading P is for Pterodactyl aloud is a must for younger kids, given amusing but complex sentences like: "The tsunami washed away all of Tchaikovsky's chintzy tchotchkes," which appears below a cartoon-like illustration of a giant wave about to crash on the classical composer and his piano. A fun twist on the alphabet book structure is having some entires that tell readers what a letter is not for, as in "U is not for You," and Y is not for Why."

Amid all the humor, wordplay and silliness, there's solid, brain-teasing information about words and how they're spelled. It a delight from start to finish, especially for word lovers and their offspring. But many words (like euphoric and eulogy) and sentences are challenging and may require grown-up assistance/explanation. There's also is a handy glossary at the back.

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