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The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book

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At every turn these letters are full of surprises. Imagine! What other things can you discover hiding in the alphabet?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published June 22nd 2004)
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Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
A very cute little book you have to read and spin around to read. A very nice ABC book.
Samantha Powley
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book is written by Lisa Campbell Ernst. This book helps to teach letters to young students or even ELL students. Each page contains a letter in the alphabet, first starting with A and ending at the end of the book with Z. As you look at each letter, there are 4 sentences on each page of what the letter could be. By looking at the letter from different views, like turning the book left or right or upside down, the letter makes a different picture that is expl ...more
Brandi Smith
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This picturebook is on the ALA Notable Children's Book List for Younger Readers. It was written for children ages birth to 5(N). This book encourages children to examine the alphabet in a new way. It is very engaging. The vibrant computer generated images display letters of the alphabet from one angle, then as you rotate the book other images become more visible. It is sort of an optical illusion. I admire the amount of effort and ingenuity that it must have taken to create these images. My only ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is brilliant. I love it! It teaches children to match up objects they already know with the shapes of the letter, so that they can remember it. What a cool idea. The examples are plentiful, and unique. One weakness is that there are a few large words that would be difficult for a small child just learning their ABC's to even recognize, such as "masquerades." Strengths of this book include the cool ideas that each letter represents, which allows for many activities and projects for a te ...more
Shealee Crosby
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This ABC book is like no other. You have to physically turn it all the way around to read it to the students. It is interactive as well as good for using imagination. It uses a lot of day to day things that younger students can relate to very well. There are many activities you could use for this book. For instance, making your own and having the students come up with their own ways they see the letters.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and imaginative take on teaching kids the alphabet. I love interactive books where a child can play and imagine with books. I think this one would also be fun where you ask the child what it sees as opposed to reading what the author imagines.
Elizabeth Chang
WOW, actually super clever! I'll never look at letters the same way again!
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a great concept that could help kids remember some of the shapes of the alphabet. Some of the images were hard for me to see, and some seemed like a bit of a stretch (the things chosen for G in particular), but overall I think this would be a fun book for kids. They should have a great time turning the book around and seeing what the letters look like.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book
Author: Lisa Campbell Ernest
Genre: Concept Book, Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Alphabet, different objects, sense of direction
Opening line/sentence:
This books is a picture book and starts off by showing the letter “a”
Brief Book Summary:
Letters are shown and when they are rotated left or right they show more than one pictures that is in the shape of the letter. For an example “o” shows an eye, a bagel and a fried egg.

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Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This books illustrations not only show the letters in the alphabet but also show what else you can see with each letter in the alphabet. This book is great for students learning their letters! Lexile: AD1130L DRA level: N/A 6+1 Traits: Organization, Presentation
Jeceka Pitchford
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
This is an alphabet book on another level. The students will get the turn the book every different way and see what each letter will turn into, which will encourage them to use their imagination. While reading this book, I could ask the students what else they see when they look at the letters and see what kind of ideas they will come up with.
Jill Espinoza
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: el230
This book was very different from most alphabet books. There were only capital letters which I do not care for because all students write in lowercase letters so I believe it is necessary to have both uppercase and lowercase letters. Also another thing I did not like about the book was that the pictures that each letter made did not start with the letter that was being represented on the page. This book was different from most alphabet books but I don't know that I would recommend it to someone.
Alexander Goos
The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst.

This book teaches children their ABCs. It uses a very interesting method to get kids to learn, The book has to be turned around and flipped upside down to read every word that is written on each page and it describes the various shapes or images that the shape of each letter can appear as to the trained eye.

I enjoyed this book because out of every single children's book I've read in this class and in my life so far this was the m
Zhiyin Jin
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Turn-Around, Upside-down, Alphabet Book, by Lisa Campbell Ernst
What does an A look like? A bridge? What about turn it left. So how does it look like now? You won’t get bored with this book, partly because you need to turn the books four times per page in order to finish reading it. More important, you will be amazed by how creative the author is in imaging an alphabet as another item.

In terms of creativeness, it will be a fun book to read aloud. I can see children staring at the pages and ca
Madison Snow
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abc
"The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet book" by Lisa Campbell Ernst has a simple cover featuring a black background with bold font letters in the middle. The letters are all turned different ways as a preview of what is to come in the book. The binding is a simple orange color with no illustration. Simplistic color schemes continue throughout the book. On each page a letter is featured with text around it. The reader turns the page to read the sentences. Upon turning the page the letter will appe ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: abc, read-aloud
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst is a look at the imaginative possibilities when one turns each letter of the alphabet around.

Ernst's illustrations are rendered in cut paper. For me, the most effective images/descriptions are a, b, c, d, h, i, j, m, o, p, q, t, v, and x. The lesat effecive letter/description for me was g.

This is a creative alphabet book that encourages imagination, using different perspectives, and the discussion of letter shapes. This book offe
Allyson Sparks
Sep 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I believe that this book is creative and I think it must have taken a lot to come up with all the interpretations of each letter in the alphabet. This book is a unique way for students to become familiar with the alphabet. However, I feel that this may be a little distracting for the students. As I was reading, I became annoyed with having the keep turning the book and I wasn't even paying attention to what the letter was or what picture the letter made. Also, if the students do not know the alp ...more
Heather Armbruster
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book is the perfect alphabet book for early readers around the pre-k, kindergarten, and even first grade age. This is a colorful and creative book. To be read, the book must be turned in each direction to read the words and see the pictures. This book would be especially effective in preschool and kindergarten classrooms to teach print awareness. I would use this in my classroom to demonstrate awareness of the concepts of print. This fun book makes concepts ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: c-t-reviews
I really enjoyed this book- I thought it was a great way to look at the alphabet in a new way. It looks at the alphabet in a creative way and allows students to explore shapes, as well as letters. This book can allow students to make connections to self as well as connections to world and activate schema. This could lead to fun writing assignments- tell a story about a letter or could lead to weekly writing assignments based on a squiggle. This is one of my favorite writing activities! Each week ...more
Betsy McElhannon
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-books
1. The Turn-around, Upside-down Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst
2. Awards: Young Readers Award
3. Genre: ABC Book
4. Setting: Undetermined. This book display a different letter on each page. Flipping the page makes the letter have a different appearance.
5. This is a book that offers a new spin on learning the Alphabet, literally. I could use book with early grades to promote letter recognition and association. If a child see that a "B" also looks like a pair of goggles, they are more likel
Christine Watson
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slib-520
Picture Book/ABC Book:
This is not a great book to introduce the letters of the alphabet or the sounds they make. Instead, it's a book to use once children have those concepts thoroughly mastered. The illustrations are vibrant and creative. As you turn the book to different angles, the letters become different objects. The theme in this book is creativity. I use this book every year to teach students to look at a familiar object in a new and creative way. Our entire grade level reads this book (o
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-reads
This is an awesome book. Each letter of the alphabet is shown in bright colors with text on all four sides of the illustration. As you read, you rotate the book and the reader sees that a B on its side can be a pair of goggles; half a butterfly upside down; and two windows in a castle tower rotated to its other side. My story time audience loved this one - it is so very creative and the colors and shapes are simple and bright. Some of the kids were even calling out the items they saw while I was ...more
Samantha Lindsey
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-books
I just recently found this book and it is such a cool alphabet book. I don't think this is for students just learning their letters. i would even venture out to read this to a first grade class. This book give each letter in the alphabet on a page, but you spin the book around and shows you what you can turn the letter into. Like "A," a dripping ice cream cone when it is upset down, a birds beak when it is side ways, etc. It would be cool to see students reactions to what you can turn letters in ...more
Jennifer Nemo
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
summary: Each letter of the alphabet becomes different objects as this book is turned around, upside-down, sideways and any other way you can turn it.

Curriculum connection: Alphabet, Letter design, perspective

Intended Audience: pre-k-5

Personal Reaction: My 13 year old son and I fought with each other trying to look and turn this book. He thought it was great from an art perspective and I thought it was great because it made the alphabet come to life.

Visual Appeal: See above. Awesome!
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. There are a lot of good things to say about this book because the book does not only have the alphabet system included. When I read this book it said that there were different ways to look at the alphabet. If you turned the book around I realized that the alphabet didn't look like the alphabet. I think this would be great for students to test their way of looking at things and seeing a different view. Instead of learning the alphabets, they're minds are expanded to a whole new ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
My five-year-old son, who loves his alphabet books, picked this book out from the library this week.

I didn't expect to like this book, but I did. I don't think it would be a very good book for children who were just learning their letters -- turning them around might confuse them -- but kids who know their letters and who creatively play with both the shape and sound of letters would probably love this book. My son did.

I can't give it five stars, though, because that turning around got REALLY
Taylor Hainley
This is a fun, interesting way to get younger aged children to get to know the letters of their alphabet. This book has several colorful and fun illustrations throughout the book to go with each letter of the alphabet. I would use this book to teach pre-k or kindergarten level students the alphabet. I think this book would be a great way to bring in fine arts into a lesson. Each student could have letter and have to draw something that start with the letter they have. I would also have this book ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abc-books
This is a great interactive book for younger students to help learn their abc's. This book isn't just read like a normal book. You read the book sideways, and upside down as well. The students get to go on an adventure to learn the alphabet. The students never know which way the book will turn next. This is great for kindergarten or even Pre-K. The movement of the book helps to keep the kids interested. This would be a great way to open up the year for the alphabet.
Feb 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is interesting to see which which interpretations of the letter are easy to see and which ones some people can see.
I believe this book was not intended as an alphabet lesson. I think it is a way to expose children to the vastness of interpretations.
Lastly, there are so many possible text-to-self connects for children! There are a few interpretations that scream "Lesson Plan!!!" This book can be a great introduction to a lot of lessons.
Ina Silverness
The Turn-Around, Upside Down Alphabet Book is about taking each letter and transforming it into pictures by turning it upside down and sideways.

This book could easily be used in Kindergarten and possibly first grade to teach students the alphabet and how it can be used to make art. Another possibility, is to take the first letter of their name and let them turn it into something for themselves. (This is one of the cutest alphabet books, I have ever read)
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