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Achoo! Bang! Crash!: The Noisy Alphabet

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A for . . . Achoo?
B for Bump, Bang, and Bop?
C for Crackle, Clank, and Crunch?

This is truly an alphabet with attitude, created by that master of raucous humor, Ross MacDonald. In this hilarious book you'll see clothes ripped off an intrepid game hunter by a ferocious lion (ROAR! RIP! RUN!); a little boy who manages to pin the tail on his father, rather than the donkey. (NO!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 19th 2003 by Roaring Brook Press (first published August 4th 2003)
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Age: Preschool-1st grade
Point of lolment: The reindeer trying to shove Santa down the chimney accompanied by the J letter with "Jingle jingle jingle/jiggle jiggle jiggle"

How has this book missed everyone's radar? MacDonald provides an imaginative ABC book reliant solely on noises, sounds, and expressions. Not only are the illustrations perfectly complimentary (well, they obviously need to be in an ABC book) but MacDonald mixes up the flow of the text without disrupting the humor. Where a buoyant
Danica Midlil
What a clever book! A great book for onomatopoeias as well as the great '40s and '50s feel of the illustrations.
Shelli Gheen
Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet (2003) by Ross MacDonald is just that...a noisy alphabet. With a different letter of the alphabet on each page and hilarious pictures to boot, kids will love this ABC book. All of the words are onomatopoeia and need to be read aloud for full effect. The illustrations are in an older style, sort of like comics.

Themes: Alphabet; Onomatopoeia

Ways to use this with children:
*As mentioned before, this one really needs to be read the children or with t
Review first posted on RedeemedReader

This riotous book is full of noisy words! Onomatopoeia comprises the entire text, making this a perfect read-aloud (and read with) choice for kindergarten and early elementary students. MacDonald’s illustrations have a vintage feel to them which matches the font choices expertly. Backmatter includes a nice explanation of old-fashioned wooden type from the 19th century. MacDonald did indeed use his vintage press for the words in this book and offers up a chall
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Of all the alphabet books, this one is arguably not only the most fun, but also the most clever. Ross Macdonald introduces the alphabet in an entirely new way, one that particularly appeals to boys due to the amount of sneezed off and exploded off clothing! The vintage styled illustrations beg for parents and grandparents to curl up with young readers to discuss the alphabet and explore pictures of burping, old men yakking, and other generally revoltin
The alphabet has never been noisier. Who knew we could make so many wonderful and descriptive words from our alphabet? MacDonald uses watercolor pictures and words to illustrate just how noisy our words can be. Each page is filled with words that make a connection to the noises they make. Cleverly animated pictures tell a story for the child reading the alphabet. A book that will have the children acting out the words, as the alphabet is spoken. Illustrations are life-like and identifiable.
MacDonald uses 19th century woodcut letters and his own vintage-y drawings to bring this alphabetical onomatopoeia extravaganza to life.

I loved the style, my kids thought the illustrations were hilarious, and the photographed tutorial of the vanishing art of letterpress printing at the end was very informative.
Lori Shook
As I have said before, I have a slight *thing* for ABC books. Well, this one combines onomatopoeia pushing it high to the list of top ABC books! Also uses (and discusses at the end of the book) 19th Century wood typeset which could open dialogue about printing processes.
The baby laughs so much at all the onomatopoeias in this book. For that, it wins 5 stars. You don't have to know English to understand the words. Gosh, I wish I'd known about this book when I was teaching international students onomatopoeias in American literature. Oh well.
Not for the very young, which is who I think of when I think alphabet book, so I was a little disappointed. But it was something I think older kids, particularly elementary school boys, would like. Good resource for teaching onomatopoeia.
Artnoose Noose
Jul 11, 2008 Artnoose Noose rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Artnoose by: Alisa
A darling alphabet book featuring letterpress printed wood type incorporated with hand-drawn illustrations. Includes an appendix with photographs of the type and printing process.

Zip! Zoom!
Carrie Gelson
Fun, action packed. The book might have been about noise, but my class was silent listening to all of the clatter! Engrossed and inspired. Loved to guess what sounds would be next.
Ross MacDonald pushes all my retro buttons. AND he used 19th century printing equipment for the text? Brilliant all around.
Great alphabet story- best for one-on-one sharing; probably wouldn't work well in a group setting.
We loved the illustrations and it took the ABC book up a notch with the onomatopoeia.
Pictures are more oriented to adults, but good interactive book.
Letterpress alphabets! Wood type and noise! What's not to love?
I like the retro feel in this energetic picture book.
An alphabet in onomatopoeia! Brilliant!
I loved the retro artwork
fun use of onamonapia.
Fantastic Illustrations!
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Ross MacDonald has worked as an egg candler, dishwasher, soda jerk, house painter, street artist, paper maker, and printer, but is probably best known as a magazine illustrator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, and many other publications.
He lives in Connecticut with his wife, two children, four cats, and a large collection of 19th-century
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