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N IS FOR NOSTRIL ... AND OTHER ALPHABET SILLINESS

Author: Joe Spooner

Illustrator: Joe Spooner

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Publisher: Arnica Creative,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Readers will learn and laugh their way from A to Z. This is neither an alphabet book for preschoolers nor a coffee-table book. This is a humorous, fact-filled tour of your ABCs.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: At first I wasn't sure what to do with this book. It is definitely not for preschoolers, but it isn't a "collector's item" either. The more I read, though, the more I saw an elementary-aged child (most likely boy) reading the snippets and exploring the irony of the comic-like illustrations (like "Silver Medal" flour).

Pros: Young and developing readers will enjoy this off-the-wall alphabet book.

Cons: None, really. It seems odd, though, that the narrative with each letter is in such small print. If this is for developing readers (third grade), there needs to be more white space and bigger fonts.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BIG NATE STRIKES AGAIN   DON'T BUMP THE GLUMP! AND OTHER FANTASIES   INSIDE THE SLIDY DINER

Educational Themes: Because this is for older children, you can talk about some of the factual information, and also explore concepts like irony and parody.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

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