AlphaBest (Hardcover)

The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book about Comparatives and Superlatives

By Helaine Becker, Dave Whamond (Illustrator)

Kids Can Press, 9781554537150, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2012

List Price: 16.95*
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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 his face, ?Dizziest.? The high-energy illustrations containing hilarious scenes of mayhem (including slime!) help bring the concepts to vivid life. The adjectives appear in alphabetical order, from A (Angry, Angrier, Angriest) to Z (Zany, Zanier, Zaniest). There are some exceptions included as well, such as ?Magnificent,? ?More Magnificent? and ?Most Magnificent? and the word ?Unique,? which has no comparatives or superlatives.

Award-winning children's book author Helaine Becker has created a playful and multilayered book that will find lots of uses in the classroom. It provides a perfect, easy-to-understand language arts lesson on adjectives in general and on comparatives and superlatives in particular. It also works as an alphabet book, a primer for spelling and a vocabulary resource. And it's a truly fun picture book story as well --- with a surprising twist at the end! --- that early readers and pre-readers can enjoy on their own. Dave Whamond's exuberant illustrations are bursting with humor and lots of comical details, encouraging visual literacy. As a bonus, more information about these distinctive adjectives along with teaching tips can be found at the end of the book.

About the Author

Helaine Becker is an award-winning children's author. She has written over seventy books, including the #1 Canadian National Bestseller, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Dave Whamond is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work bursts with energy and humor. His syndicated cartoon, Reality Check, can be found in newspapers around the world. Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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

... Whamond's illustrations have a strong sense of comedy ...—Publishers Weekly

... lots of humorous details that are sure to have kids chuckling.—Kirkus Reviews