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Children's Fiction Alphabet

A to Z of Absolute Zaniness

by (author) Carol Mills

illustrated by Susanne Ferrier

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
Jan 1984
Alphabet, General, Beginner
Recommended Age
3 to 6
Recommended Grade
p to 1
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1984
    List Price

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Kids will love The A to Z of Absolute Zaniness. While their parents read the six-line alliterative captions, children will be dazzled by the bold, colourful drawings illustrating each letter with objects, animals, and people.

Carol Mills wrote the short stories that describe the bizarre feats of people and animals, real and ridiculous. Susanne Ferrier provided bright and detailed pictures, giving an individual personality to each creature. Each page explodes with colour. The large size of the book makes it ideal for even the youngest children as the objects in each picture are big, easy to see and recognize.

The author does not sacrifice educational value for visual pleasure, however. Mills makes sure that each letter is firmly implanted in the minds of young children through repitition. The entire book, from cover to cover, is enlivened by a sense of learning with fun, with tongue-in-cheek humour, and with absolute zaniness.

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Excerpt: A to Z of Absolute Zaniness (by (author) Carol Mills; illustrated by Susanne Ferrier)

Aa Auntie Ada

Auntie Ada went to Africa.
In Africa Auntie Ada met Albert.
Albert was an alligator.
Albert gave Auntie Ada an apple.
Auntie Ada ate the apple
Albert ate Auntie Ada.

Bb Barney Bear

Barney Bear bought a bee in a bottle.
The bee in the bottle kept buzzing.
Barney became bored with the bee buzzing in the bottle,
that bad bear broke the bottle.
The bee buzzed into the bush
Barney went back and bought a beetle in a box.