P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

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P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

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This title caught my eye as I am teaching the alphabet to my grandson and will soon be doing so for my granddaughter as well. Beryl Exley is an experienced classroom teacher and lecturer in English Curriculum and Literacies Education with the school of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University in Queensland. She is the immediate past National President of the ALEA National Council (2017–2019) and is a very proud ALEA Life Member. Beryl co-edited Literacies in Early Childhood: Foundations for Equity and Quality with Annette Woods in 2020 (published by OUP). Let's get real―the English language is bizarre,” the book admits. “A might be for apple, but it's also for aisle and aeons. Why does the word ‘gnat' start with a G but the word ‘knot' doesn't start with an N? It doesn't always make sense, but don't let these rule-breaking silent letters defeat you!”

a b Russo, Maria (October 19, 2018). "Standout New Picture Books". The New York Times . Retrieved March 11, 2019.Of course, some of these words are used in the English language but taken from others, which makes the pronunciation quirks more understandable. Gnocchi is an Italian word for a specific type of pasta, while czar is a Russian word for emperor. Overall, the book is a fun way to get kids excited about languagein general and pique their curiosity about why we pronounce words in particular ways.

Though perhaps more playful than practical, the concept will help new readers and new English language learners conquer some of the more peculiar aspects of our language. With The Worst Alphabet Book Ever we get a comedic twist on the entire shelf of alphabet books. Ain’t nobody here but us words that fail to behave. Phonic teachers, eat your heart out. Sorry, phonetically that’s: eat your hart out. and other times it means showing how that letter is not actually used where you might expect it to be. This book is really for those who are good enough readers to relish the illogicalities of English spellings, rather than be oblivious to or frustrated by them.In this entertaining chapter book, the first in a series, readers meet kind Sir Sidney and the gentle performers and hands in his circus. But Sir Sidney is tired and leaves the circus under the management of new-hire Barnabas Brambles for a week. Most children will agree the book is “smafunderful (smart + fun + wonderful).” (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)

This book is really hilarious! My friend and I laughed like school children. I had to look up a few of the words for pronunciation, which was fun. Also, I really like the illustrations.” Lakritz, Talia (November 23, 2018). "A children's book called 'P is for Pterodactyl' features the most bizarre words in the English language". Insider . Retrieved March 11, 2019. Then there are also those letters in the negative, such as "U" is not for You and "Y" is not for Why. So, what are "U" and "Y" for? I guess that is why this is the worst alphabet book; you have to accept those disappointments. Overall, though, I think this book will be enjoyed by those who love silliness, learning about words, and combining the two into one activity (so most dads should enjoy this one :p). 4 solid stars for this book. Now generally and from a presented text proper point of view, I have truly found Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter's P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever both fun and lyrically, humorously engaging, with many included onomatopoeia, tongue twisters and other word-based joys and rhetorical delights (although indeed this is claimed with the necessary caveat that P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is most definitely and in my humble opinion much too advanced and too potentially, too easily confusing for young children first learning their letters and words and therefore more a book conceptualised for older children, and actually for anyone interested in the many and diverse vagrancies and conundrums of English language spelling and pronunciation).It’s hard to argue with success, but guides that actually do the math will be more useful to budding capitalists. Kirch, Claire (January 15, 2019). "Sourcebooks Launches Three Children's Imprints". Publishers Weekly . Retrieved March 11, 2019. P for Pterodactylwas written by Raj Haldar, also known as Lushlife, and Chris Carpenter, with illustrations by Maria Beddia. The color illustrations help demonstrate the context of each word, while clever sentences filled with alliteration make for a fun read. For instance, “The gnome yells, ‘Waiter! There’s a bright white gnat nibbling on my gnocchi!,' ” accompanies “G is for Gnocchi.” This book is hilarious!! What a great way to make kids feel good about learning! It shows you that language is hard and encourages you to laugh about the hard stuff and not feel bad that it’s hard. Teaching kids with humor – who’d a thunk it works?! Buy one for every child and adult on your list. You will officially be the coolest gift giver ever.” It includes words that are not obvious subjects for children’s books (“quinoa”), as well as more usual ones (“knight” and “pteranodon ”), and words that are not really words at all (Roman numerals).



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