|Presents a rhyming couplet featuring each letter of the alphabet, with such characters as David the dog-faced boy, who dons a derby despite being dirty, and Victor, whose frequent victories have made him vainglorious. *Author: Martin, Steve/ Chast, Roz *Publication Date: 2007/10/23 *Number of Pages: 64 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Grade Level: Preschool *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 8.75 *Height: 10.25|
|From the Publisher:
The acclaimed entertainer and bestselling author Steve Martin and the wildly clever New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast team up in a weird, wonderful excursion through the alphabet.
The ABCs have never had it so good. Created by two of today’s wittiest, most imaginative minds, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! is a sheer delight from A to Z. In twenty-six alliterative couplets, Steve Martin conjures up much more than mere apples and zebras. Instead we meet Horace the hare, whose hairdo hides hunchbacks, and Ollie the owl, who owed Owen an oboe. Roz Chast contributes the perfect visual settings for Martin’s zany two-liners. Her instantly recognizable drawings are packed with humorous touches both broad and subtle.
Each rereading—and there will be many—delivers new delights and discoveries. There, hidden behind Bad Baby Bubbleducks, is a framed picture of a beatnik holding balloons; and the letter C finds clunky Clarissa all clingy and clueless adrift in a landscape cluttered with images ranging from a curiously comfortable clown to Chuck’s Chili stand. A smart, laugh-inducing introduction to the alphabet for young children, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! will also enchant adults with its matchless mix of the sophisticated and the silly.
The combined talents of actor/writer/comedian Steve Martin and NEW YORKER cartoonist Roz Chast have created a genius alphabet book that will be appealing to anyone with a pulse and even just the vaguest sense of humor. Wildly clever word play and incredibly affecting illustrations illuminate the alphabet like never before, from "Amiable Amy, Alice, and Andie ate all the anchovy sandwiches handy," to "Yesterday Yuri the yeti did yoga, today he spilled yogurt all over his toga" and beyond. Martin's sophisticated but child-friendly text pairs perfectly with Chast's brilliant use of whimsy that will have children poring over the details for hours.
"Martin and Chast show their mettle as each other's wacky sidekicks, performing for an all-ages crowd. Adults see two well-known artists at work, creating mind-bending tableau, while children get a taste of original tongue-twisters. This peculiar and funny book resembles a round of the Surrealists' game of exquisite cadaver or Mad Libs, worked out in a dizzying combination of words and pictures."