Item description for A is for Salad (Picture Puffins) by Mike Lester...
Overview Each letter of the alphabet is presented in an unusual way, such as: "A is for salad" showing an alligator eating a bowl of greens.
Publishers Description A is for what? A is for salad, and B is for Viking. Welcome to the wacky world of Mike Lester, where nothing is as it seems. Is A really for salad, or is it for the alligator eating a bowl of mixed greens? And maybe B is for the beaver wearing a Viking helmet. You'll have to look twice to figure out what each letter really stands for in this irreverent alphabet book. Learning your ABCs has never been so much F-U-N. Mike Lester "turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head . . . the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: 'not important. Never use them'." "US News and World Report"
Citations And Professional Reviews A is for Salad (Picture Puffins) by Mike Lester has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 12/17/2001
PW Notes and Reprints - 12/17/2001 page 94
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.94" Width: 8.4" Height: 0.22" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Jan 14, 2002
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0698119266 ISBN13 9780698119260 UPC 051488005995
Availability 4 units. Availability accurate as of May 23, 2017 03:03.
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More About Mike Lester
Mike Lester is a children's book writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and animator. His work has been recognized by notable publications such as the "New York Times". A father of two, he lives with his wife, Regan, and their dog and cat in a castle with a moat full of unicorns.
Mike Lester currently resides in Rome, in the state of Georgia. Mike Lester was born in 1970.
Mike Lester has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about A is for Salad (Picture Puffins)?
Kindergarteners love it Jan 22, 2008
My kindergartener saw this book at his school and begged me to buy it. They are just mastering the alphabet, and love "getting" the jokes. Unlike the School Library Journal reviewer, I think the joke helps children remember the correct sounds, and is not confusing. I help teach phonics every week in the kindergarten, and some children need more mnemonic devices to help link sounds to letters. Silly humor is a great way to do that.
Whimsy - pure and simple! Aug 19, 2005
I is for Pancakes.
L is for Hairdrier.
The images correspond to the actual letter (a lion blow drying his mane, for example). This may be the most clever and adorable alphabet book, EVER.
T is for polka-dotted underpants?!? Sep 15, 2004
As the title makes obvious, Mike Lester's A Is for Salad is an unconventional alphabet book. The reader's participation will unmask this as a straightforward animal alphabet book cloaked in humor. Each letter receives its own page, with a hand-drawn letter and a fractured statement. "C" is for hot dog (eaten by a cat); "J" is for hats (worn by jellyfish); "T" is for polka-dotted underpants (worn by a tiger). The illustrations, done with rich colors and crosshatched lines, are somewhat dark in appearance and character; animals appear annoyed or embarrassed with their squinty eyes and nervous grins. The illustrations depict silly situations (a lion blow-drying his mane) and nearly naughty scenes (an elephant's behind exposed in the back flap of its pajamas). These illustrations combined with the unconventional outlook of the book make for an exceedingly devious and sly mood for the book. Children who have recently learned their ABC's will enjoy recognizing the correct letter and will take pride in "being in on the joke."
Not your typical alphabet book! May 28, 2002
I work at a public library in the kids' dept., so when I saw another alphabet book I almost passed it by, but the picture on the front of the book of an alligator eating a salad really piqued my curiosity. "A is for Salad??? What???" I said, and had to open the book to see what was going on. I didn't just look at a page or two, but had to read through the whole thing - it was just so cute and had me smiling as I figured out what each letter REALLY stands for. Great to get kids thinking while having fun, each picture depicts an animal beginning with the featured letter engaged in some activity. For example, an alligator is eating a salad. There are a few animals, such as the iguana and narwhal, which have helpful clues as to the animals' identities hidden in the pictures. Kids may need help to identify the jellyfish and vulture, though.
A is for laughing Aug 7, 2001
This book is for all the adults who secretly watch Sesame Street and read Shel Silverstein. More clearly for kids and less cynical than Uncle Shelby's ABZ's but just as funny. The illustrations are great, giving the animals wonderful personality. I laugh every time I see this book.