M Is for Mischief (Hardcover)

An A to Z of Naughty Children

By Linda Ashman, Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)

Dutton Children's Books, 9780525475644, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2008

List Price: 16.99*
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Fall 2008 Kids' List

“This is a very funny book, more poetry and humor than an alphabet book. Ashman writes about 26 delightfully naughty children, from Angry Abby to Zany Zelda, with perfectly paired illustrations by Carpenter. Young readers are sure to laugh as each character gets a well-chosen comeuppance.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwell Bookstore, Falmouth, MA
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Clever cautionary poems, raucously illustrated, about 26 children you?d rather read about than meet.

Here are twenty-six brats you?d never want to babysit: Catastrophic Coco, Gluttonous Griffin, Impolite Irma, and Quarrelsome Quincy, just to name a few. Linda Ashman's perfectly crafted ditties about kids from Angry Abby, who is ?apt to argue at any time and any place, ? to Zany Zelda, who ?zigs and zags through all the rooms, ? are paired with hilariously energetic digital collages by Nancy Carpenter. Kids will relish the chaos these naughty tykes create?and also the comeuppance many of them justly receive.

Wickedly witty wordplay and fiendishly fresh artwork make this a standout in the field of alphabet books.

About the Author

Linda Ashman is the author of many popular picture books, including Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Nancy Carpenter, one of the most versatile and inventive picture book illustrators working today, lives in Brooklyn, New York.