I’ve decided that, since we read a book at bedtime every night, I’ll start posting the book and a little review. I know I sometimes get overwhelmed at the bookstore when trying to find good children’s books, so maybe I’ll help some mom out. It will also motivate me to post every day, or almost every day. (We do miss a very occasional night, when we’ve been out super late and Water Boy is passing-out tired.)
Read on Sunday Night
The Z Was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
This awesome alphabet book is written by the same author who gave us Jumanji and The Polar Express. As you go through the alphabet, each letter meets its demise in an interesting and imaginative way. The Z was zapped, the T was tied up, etc. It has great charcoal drawings that portray the upper case letter in the middle of its personal disaster. The D was nearly drowned has the letter D mostly submerged in a fish bowl, for instance.
It’s a great way to introduce your young readers to some words they might not have heard before, and a way to have a giggle over the poor letters meeting their fates. The only problem I have with the book is an illustrative issue. Some of the letters are hard to see or understand, as their particular demise has them hidden or in pieces. The Q was neatly quartered, for instance, so you can’t actually see the whole Q, only the nicely stacked pieces. For an older child who already recognizes their letters, this shouldn’t be a problem.