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P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever Hardcover – Picture Book, 15 October 2018

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Product details

  • Publisher : Sourcebooks eXplore (15 October 2018)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1492674311
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1492674313
  • Reading age : 4 - 7 years
  • Dimensions : 28.7 x 1.52 x 22.1 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 6,201 ratings

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"Are you a logophile (someone who loves words)? If you are, this delightful picture book will be your new favorite alphabet book... In this book, 'A is for Aisle' and 'H is for Heir.' What? Below each letter and illustration is a sentence describing each word. "M is for Mnemonic. // But now Mr. M. can't remember why." Isn't this a delight for readers and writers of all ages? It's my new favorite." - Imagination Soup

"This atypical alphabet book humorously addresses "mischievous words" that ignore the rules of phonetics and spelling... Each letter's sample is illustrated with cartoony, full-color drawings followed by a comically absurd sentence highlighting other examples. "G is for Gnocchi. / The gnome yells, 'Waiter! There's a bright white gnat nibbling on my gnocchi!' ...the concept will help new readers and new English language learners conquer some of the more peculiar aspects of our language." - Kirkus Reviews

""P Is for Pterodactyl" is a word lover's delight and an almost mandatory read-aloud... Amid all the humor, wordplay, and silliness, there's solid, brain-teasing information about words and how they're spelled. It a delight from start to finish, especially for word lovers and their offspring." - Common Sense Media

"A win for word nerd kids and pun-tastic dads everywhere." - The Dad

"The book spotlights words that have silent letters, or weird grammar rules, and invites you to ponder dangerous word traps and oddities. And you might learn something new along the way...While other lessons teach really important principles that, honestly, could change your life and maybe even help you find love." - Funny or Die

"Explore the many quirks and anomalies of English spelling and pronunciation in an A-to-Z tribute to some of the most unconventional words in the lexicon. Learn why Y is not for "why" and U is not for "you," but V is for "five" and C is for "czar." With this book full of puns, alliteration, playful artwork, and plenty of entertaining observations, children of all ages will enjoy celebrating the exceptions to the rules." - Foreword Reviews, STARRED Review

"A raucous trip through the odd corners of our alphabet." - The New York Times

About the Author

Better known by his stage name Lushlife, Raj Haldar is an American rapper, composer, and producer from Philadelphia, PA.

Chris Carpenter is a software developer for a tech startup in New York.

Maria Beddia is a freelance illustrator, muralist, and textile designer based in Philadelphia.

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Chris Pulvermacher
5.0 out of 5 stars Are they really complaining about the "O" page!?!? *chuckling*
Reviewed in the United States on 1 April 2019
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Seamus O'Dowd
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading & disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading & disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2019
While the book has many words that have unusual spellings or pronunciations, it purports to be talking about the English language, while using words that are not part of the English language to do so. "Oui" and "Ouija" are examples in the photo, with the caption in between them saying "isn't the English language weird?" "Oui" is a French word, and not even one of the many French words borrowed into English, while "Ouija" is a trademark name: a made up word (taking Oui from French and Ja from German.
It incorrectly claims that the T in "Tsunami" is silent (it isn't). And again, it is not an English word. It is Japanese.
There are many other incorrect/inaccurate words also included. Instead of being a fun and educational book on the quirks of English, it is instead confused and confusing.
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Shawn A Lodico
2.0 out of 5 stars Cute idea, but contains Ouija boards
Reviewed in the United States on 27 November 2018
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Mrs. K. D. Haigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book but has some american pronunciation.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2019
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Rachel P
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny book - contains Ouija board page
Reviewed in the United States on 2 December 2018
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