[Published by Enchanted Lion Books]
If you love some nifty word play then have I got the book for you. So simple, so clever.
Each page features a letter of the alphabet and a pair of words from which the featured letter is removed from the second word. Yuck, I’ve just turned something so sleek into a clunky mess. Ignore me, I will instead let the genius of the book speak for itself:
“Without the G the GLOVE falls in LOVE.”
“Without the I STAIRS lead to the STARS.”
“Without the M the FARM is too FAR.”
“Without the P the PLATE is too LATE.”
The matching illustrations are where the delightful-metre ramps up. The plate for example is being carried by a mouse who is rushing a delicious-looking dinner to a hungry cat. Well the cat would look hungry except there’s a fairly distinct mouse tail dangling from his mouth.
The cast of animals, from a turban-wearing tiger to a taxi-hailing pig are wonderful. My compliments to both illustrator and author!
This superb creation would be a great starting point for all sorts of creative classroom activities.
Check out Without the A at Auckland Libraries
Or buy Without the A from Fishpond.
[Recommended by Corrine – thanks Corrine!]