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AlphaBest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives

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As a masked and caped superhero pursues a mischievous villain through an amusement park in this clever picture book, the only text provided is a series of adjectives and their comparatives and superlatives. For example, as the villain flies off the Ferris wheel, the text reads ?Dizzy?; when he lands and can't walk a straight line, ?Dizzier?; and then when he falls flat on ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Kids Can Press
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Erin Frank
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Nonfiction - Concept Book
Awards: None
Audience: Preschool-3rd grade
A: The book is all about comparative and superlative adjectives.
B: The book uses illustrations to show the different words in a way that entertains children. One page is for the different forms of the word and the pictures show the change in description from one word to the next.
C: There are not many text features in this book, however there are elaborate illustrations and varied font types. In the back of the book, there
Katie Dangle
Title: Alphabest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives
Author: Helaine Becker
Illustrator: Dave Whamond
Genre: Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Vocabulary, Alphabet, Comparison
Opening line/sentence: Angry
Brief Book Summary: Through eye-catching, colorful illustrations this book takes the reader through the 26 letters of the alphabet in an amusement park. Each page starts with a word and continues with comparatives and superlatives of that word beginning with the
Sharon Tyler
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
AlphaBest The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives by Helaine Becker is a picturebook that explores the concept of comparatives and superlatives (as you might have guessed from the title). The book is set at an amusement park where some characters are beset by zany, zanier, and zaniest situations to give solid and understandable examples of how the rules of forming comparatives and superlatives work.

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Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Alphabest by Helaine Becker, in exchange for review by The book was published by Kids Can Press The book was a quick read and I read it to my kiddies. It taught kids how to compare items. I also loved the graphics. It was a fair scene. The characters interacted with each other throughout the book. I liked the scene where the kid got slimed (Letter S), the showered (W for wet, wetter, wettest), and then in the end, the kid and the kid, who slimed him were sharing some snacks ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is an ABC book of comparatives and superlatives. The story is told in the illustrations, as a series of events that happen at a carnival. Text includes only adjectives: Angry, Angrier, Angriest. Brave, Braver, Bravest. Clever, Cleverer, Cleverest. (Which I actually think is incorrect. "Cleverer"? I don't think so.)

There's nothing spectacular here, but teachers could possibly use it in teaching kids when to add -er and -est, when to add another consonant before the -er or -est (hot, hotter,
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Becker takes the traditional alphabet books and amplifies it by featuring each word's comparitive and superlative forms. This book will benfit elementary teachers focusing on this skill. In a few instances the illustrations did not accurately depict the words (vain, for example). I also think students will be confused by "unique" not having a comparative and superlative form, although that is a lesson in and of itself. Becker provides a afterword with teaching tips. Overall, the books is amusing ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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AlphaBest combines two important concepts into one humorous and entertaining picture book. The text consists only of comparatives and superlatives, one for each letter of the alphabet. Starting with Angry, Angrier and Angriest and moving on through to Zany, Zanier, and Zaniest many different adjectives are learned. The best part of the book is the illustrations! They are bright and colorful and full of eye-catching scenes creating an "I Spy" like adventure for the reader!
Read  Ribbet
I like adding alphabet books to my collection and this one was unique as it introduce a triplet of comparatives with each letter. Really good for working on words especially structural analysis as it releaes to adding er and est. It also introduces interesting tier two adjectives for use in writing.
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
alphabetical superlatives
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Pictures don't always illustrate the words well.
Regina Gluchowski
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fun read aloud book...Kids love! Silly, funny, and they don't realize- educational.
Edward Sullivan
Fun, funner, funnest.
Although a picture book focused on language, interpretation and self telling would work great with this book of few words. An abc adventure in a park where the hero is trying to catch the villain.
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The illustrations are really fun.
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Helaine Becker has written over 70 books, including the #1 National bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree,and its sequel, Dashing through the Snow, Sloth at the Zoom, Dirk Daring, Secret Agent, the Looney Bay All-Stars chapter book series, non-fiction including Counting on Katherine, Worms for Breakfast and Zoobots (all Junior Library Guild Selections), Monster Science, You Can Read, Lines Bars a ...more

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