“P Is for Pterodactyl: The WORST Alphabet Book Ever (All the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce)” is truly the BEST book ever! First of all, it’s brilliant — from the choice of alphabet words and for the text that explains what the words mean, and the words and text and illustrations combined make it really humorous, as well.
For example, “B is for Bdellium. We doubt that anyone knows what bdellium is, but it’s the only word dumb enough to begin with a silent B.
As is the case throughout the book, the authors use words containing the silent letter (or letter that is not pronounced “properly,” in the text that defines the alphabet word. So for the letter “B,” they use “doubt” and “dumb.” Certainly these authors are anything but “dumb.”
Other brilliant letters include “G is for Gnocchi. The gnome yells, “Waiter! There’s a bright white gnat nibbling on my gnocchi!”
And “F is not for Photo, phlegm, phooey, or phone. F is only for “foto” when you speak fluent Spanish at home.” The letter K was relatively simple with, “K is for Knight. The noble knight’s knife nicked the knave’s knee.”
The Glossary is touted as “And now… The Worst Glossary Ever!” It’s not.
This is definitely a fabulous choice for the home or school library and classroom. Teachers, pick a silent letter (or vowel with a different sound) and challenge the kids to find as many words as they can!
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, the publisher, for review purposes.