A is for Salad

Cover

Written and Illustrated by Mike Lester

Putnam & Grosset, 2000

Hh:

H is for pizza…I think.

The alphabet theme:  Animals (that begin with each successive letter of the alphabet) are shown with other objects (that don’t begin with the same letter) and the page names the object instead of the animal.

Yep, it seems like a confusing concept, but in actuality, it’s really a fun read and I imagine kids would have a whale of a time pointing out the correct letter word that the ‘narrator’ of the book is overlooking.  In our example above, the accompanying picture is of a horse eating a pizza.

I'm concerned that this walrus is going to have a devil of a time getting that cake past those ginormous tusks.

I’m concerned that this walrus is going to have a devil of a time getting that cake past those ginormous tusks.

The artwork looks similar to woodcut illustration and every character seems to be caught mid-motion.  The whole book has a very comical approach to the subject and the pictures carry that through.  A favorite of mine is Q, which simply states “I can’t figure out what Q is for.  Can you?” The accompanying picture features six signs all pointing to a single quail.

The X (and Y!) Factor: When faced with the problem of coming up with an interesting word for X and Y, Mr. Lester takes a novel approach and informs us that they are NOT important letters.  He further advises us never to use them.  A pretty funny solution, although not entirely practical.

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