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A is for Awesome

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Inspirational artist Dallas Clayton infuses his trademark whimsical art and positive message into an absolutely awesome alphabet book.

Alliterative and rhyming words of wisdom surrounded by all new art fill this energetic alphabet book by Dallas Clayton. Bursting with color and life, each spread offers a rhythmic phrase and an abundance of artwork illustrating the featured
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Candlewick
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Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is is really cute. I like concept books that aren't right on the nose with learning. And the pictures were great.
Jon Nakapalau
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And this is an awesome ABC book for small children!
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This very cute alphabet book for young children provides a delightful departure from the usual boring litany of objects like apples and monkeys and sheep and cows (although they also appear) to teach the alphabet. Each letter is designated by contemporary and alliterative fun words or phrases, like “confident, cool and collected” for the C’s or “foolish, fantastical, fun” for the F’s. Pictures of objects starting with each letter are whimsical and interesting, such as the objects for V that ...more
Kristen Block
A is for Awesome is an amazingly fun book for children of all ages about the alphabet. Even younger school age children who are beyond learning their alphabet can get engaged through Clayton’s word choice and spunky drawings. Clayton goes through the alphabet using both alliteration and pictures to describe the letter on the page. His unique and creative examples go beyond the typical "A is for apple" found in many alphabet books.

There are lots of ways to incorporate this book into either a
Shelby Miller
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-book
I thought this was an interesting approach to a children's ABC book because it uses larger vocabulary words such as "awesome" or "fantastic," which is great for children to have exposure to, but they might need explaining for many of these words. However, there are many illustrations of objects that begin with each letter on the specific page referring to the letter. I think it's good for children to recognize the objects with the letter.
Topics: ABCs, colors, counting, identifying pictures with
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Dallas Clayton has a way of making you feel happy whenever you read his books. This one is no exception. His alphabet book focuses on the positive like “D is for dreaming things never expected” and “I is imagine ideas all your own”. Then in the background there are fun little drawings of other things that start with the letter. This is one of my favorite alphabet books.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Each letter of the alphabet has a cute, positive sentence surrounded by various pictures of items that start with the corresponding letter. I always loved these kinds of picture books because there was plenty to look at and discover, kind of like I-Spy or Where's Waldo? The illustrations are adorable and I think kids would have fun thinking of things they could add to a specific letter's page. This book could start plenty of fruitful conversations or lessons.
Maeve Mcgill
Apr 22, 2014 added it
Shelves: poetry
This book is "awesome" in that is goes through the alphabet and inspires students to live life to the fullest all at the same time. It rhymes and the illustrtaions will capture the students attention without a doubt. The author goes a great job of making this book interesting and never dull. This book is great for a fun alphabet activity and a writing activity may be well suited to follow...
Jillian Heise
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
An alphabet book that is so much more than what's typical. As a whole story, these is a message of being true to oneself and building esteem. As prose, it is rhyming and rhythmic. As a picture book, it is fun to identify what pictures are on each page starting with that letter. As a whole, it is just fun and inspiring.
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Another Dallas Clayton favorite. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with an inspiring and relevant (to the letter) sentence. Rowan loves to sit and look at all the little pictures of the things that start with the same letter and name them with me. Great for entertainment, motivation and inspiration, learning the alphabet, and exploring phonics.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
My favorite letters:

D is For Dreaming Things Never Expected
G is For Greatness You're Well on Your Way
P is For Passion Pursuing What's Right
Q is For Quiet to Escape From the Madness
R is For Reading But Also For Radness
V is For Values And Keeping Them True
W is For Wisdom Both Spoken and Written
How fun! It's always nice to see an entertaining take on an alphabet book. Love the little doodles that surround each letter and phrase on the page--great for encouraging additional letter associations while reading.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dallas Clayton writes a beautiful alphabet book. Each letter uses a highlighted word that begins with that letter, and each page has little drawings of items that highlighted letter. The story is one of being awesome and seeing awesome things.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Not only is this a great ABC book, but it also contains wonderful picture clues on every page and rhymes. This is definitely a book to add to your collection. You can never have too many alphabet books.
Shahd Rdawi
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read it with Johanna :)
patricia rose
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

The kids loved it. They want to read again and again. I knowt
They memorize but that is ok too.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome book! And I especially liked the message from the author at the end.
Read for your future!
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Edward Sullivan
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alphabet-books
Simple, irreverent fun.
Rima Aroutiounian
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
Fun and playful book with the alphabet. The letters are big and different colors, easy to recognize. Great for letter knowledge and vocabulary too. A is for Awesome and Amazin'!
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a nice, refreshing spin on teaching the ABCs.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was, yes, Awesome. Adorable illustrations too!
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
[Note to self: Henry loves, great for kids who are less into storylines and more into object labeling and memorization. Good to build vocabulary. Re-check from library periodically.]
ABC book that gives you some words of wisdom/advice.
Julie Gazca
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I know this book by heart! ...more
This book has a really positive message for kids reading it because all of the words have to do with positivism and living life to its fullest. Each page has new words and also images of other items that start with the letter in question. This can help children improve their recognition of items and learning of vocabulary. I had some trouble with the last page, though, because the letter z is used in "zzzleeping." I understand that zzzs are often used to describe sleeping, but it could be ...more
Kristina Jean Lareau
Apr 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
It's an okay book. Really though, it does not capture the awesomeness of his first book: An Awesome Book!. This is just another picture book that does not really expand the genre.
The Styling Librarian
A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton – Terrific alphabet book that I can see my students becoming inspired to create their own alphabet book. I also appreciate how he uses words like awesome and rad. Hooray for the opportunity to expose students to new words and words of the past!
Ruth Ann
Many things work about this book . . . the rhyming and alliteration, the multiple illustrations for each letter, and the tidbits of wisdom tossed in here and there. Kids will learn new adjectives and have fun identifying all the objects that represent each letter.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is not your typical alphabet book. The text for each letter makes a statement of feeling or an exclamation, all positive in their delivery. The cute little pictures surrounding the text represent items that also begin with the letter. Brief, colorful, and engaging.
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Dallas Clayton is an author, illustrator, public speaker, mural painter, and adventure seeker.

When he is not busy writing books (for children of all ages), touring the world, painting on buildings, or climbing trees, he is generally trying find happiness and share it with others.