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Animal Antics: A to Z

3.18  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
From adoring alligators
to zany zebras,
the animals in this book
are sure to keep you amused
with their antics.
And look at the acrobats!
For they are
a talented group indeed.
Using only their bodies,
these limber contortionists
are merrily forming
all twenty-six letters
of the alphabet.
The animals are impressed.
You will be, too!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Greenwillow Books
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Aug 19, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
My four-year-old son checked this book out from the library last week.

So much of this book is delightful: the clever alliteration; the beautifully drawn animals; the Pierrot clowns forming the letters of the alphabet. In fact, my son tries to form letter using his body, which adds to the delight of this book.

My only criticism is that my son and I wanted more. At least more clever alliteration and beautifully drawn animals. The alphabet is limited to 26 characters so there is no adding to that.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Dec 26, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
This ABC book has an animal and circus theme. Acrobats bend and twist their bodies to form the letters of the alphabet at the top of each page. While the animals are described alliteratively and illustrated with water-colors below. At the end of the book, there is an informational page that shares factual information about each animal.
Sep 06, 2009 Josiah rated it did not like it
This alphabet book is better, and more creative, than most such books that I've read. Anita Lobel does a good job of not cutting any corners in her drawings of the contortionists who bend into the shapes of each letter. The way that they form the letters really could possibly be done, as hard as it might at times be. I would give one and a half stars to this book.
Bridget R. Wilson
Lobel uses alliterating adjectives to describe animals from alligators to zebras.

What I thought: I love alphabet books and this one is no different. The illustrations are charming and the adjectives fitting.
Mar 29, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I think it is a little odd that this alphabet book has gotten such poor reviews. A good alphabet book to me teaches sounds in a creative way and this achieves that. Well done Lobel.
Feb 06, 2010 Tricia rated it it was ok
Eh. Using circus as backdrop, acrobats as contortionist letters and animals as illustrative focus, this abc concept book was just okay.
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Anita Lobel is an illustrator of children's books. Her memoir that depicts her childhood of flight and imprisonment in Nazi-occupied Poland, ''No Pretty Pictures'' was a finalist for the National Book Award.

She has also received the Caldecott Honor Medal.
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