Al Pha’s Bet

Title: Al Pha’s Bet

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Illustrator: Delphine Durand

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2011
Book Type: Fiction
Ages: 3-6
Themes: Alphabet, Humor

Excerpt:

“Because Al loved rhyming, he wanted to make sure some letters rhymed. So he grabbed three letters that rhymed with B. C. D. E.”

Synopsis (from Amazon website):

Wonderful things are being invented every day in Al Pha’s world-fire, the wheel, even shadows! His big chance to be part of history comes when the King announces that the twenty-six recently invented letters need to be put in order. Al makes a bet with himself that he’s the man for the job. Through a series of funny events, he eventually finds the perfect order for the letters, and the king rewards him by naming his creation the “Alphabet.”

Activities:

Why singing the ABC’s of course!

There is quite a bit of wordplay in this book. Letters that sounds like words. Here is a lesson plan on homophones. Good for K-2.

Why I Like This Book:

This is a hilarious read. I love the concept, as illogical as it is, of creating a story about how the alphabet came to be.  A novel approach to the standard ABC books. I would recommend this book for kids who already know the alphabet and its sounds. I love the wordplay “B” and bee, “T” and tea, “P” and … okay, you get the point. Did you know there are two actual words in the alphabet. I was shocked I never even realized it.

I would recommend this book for storytime or reading at home. I read this book to my girls, my 6-year old appreciated the clever text and humor. My 4-year old well she just kept singing the ABC song while I was trying to read.

After reading this book, you will see the ALPHABET in a whole new light.

This review is part of Susana Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book series. Visit her site to see the other books recommended.

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15 Comments to “Al Pha’s Bet”

  1. Another great pick. I’ll have to take a look. My kiddo doesn’t know the alphabet yet, so I’ll read it and see what I think.

  2. That sounds so much fun. Why didn’t we think of that first lol?

  3. What a great little story. I’ll definitely look for it. Excellent choice. A super take on an alphabet book. :-)

  4. Clever, a great new take on the alphabet theme! Thank you.

  5. What fun! I’d be with your 4 year old, singing the ABC song!

  6. What a very clever title and fresh new take on the Alphabet. I really like this choice. Sounds like fun.

  7. This is very clever. Love anything that has a new take on an old story… thanks Darshana.

  8. I love Amy Krouse Rosenthal, but haven’t heard of this one before. Thanks for the recommendation!

  9. It’s nice to see a new spin on an old picture book topic. Thank you!

  10. I am always on the look out for great alphabet books that are original and refreshing in its content – will look for this book. Very nice.

  11. Glad you all liked the book. It is a fun read.

  12. This looks like a wonderful book. I’m dying to know what the two words in the alphabet are! Great choice-I’m adding it to my library list.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  13. This looks absolutely hilarious. I just put it on hold at our library. I hope it’s available soon.

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