P Is for Pterodactyl

P Is for Pterodactyl Details

TitleP Is for Pterodactyl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 1st, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Jabberwocky
ISBN-139781492663935
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Nonfiction

P Is for Pterodactyl Review

  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever truly is the worst alphabet book ever. ;-)Each page in this cute little volume displays a letter of the alphabet and highlights ways in which the letter does not seem to follow the rules. Sometimes this means highlighting its use as a silent letter... ...and other times it means showing how that letter is not actually used where you might expect it to be. I mostly prefer the pages that deal with silent letters -- they are easier to follow and I P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever truly is the worst alphabet book ever. ;-)Each page in this cute little volume displays a letter of the alphabet and highlights ways in which the letter does not seem to follow the rules. Sometimes this means highlighting its use as a silent letter... ...and other times it means showing how that letter is not actually used where you might expect it to be. I mostly prefer the pages that deal with silent letters -- they are easier to follow and I loved that the sentences on the page highlight other ways the silent version of the letter is used. Some of the "nope this letter doesn't go where you think it goes" pages are a bit convoluted for my taste and tend to not have as interesting or prolific letter usage in the sentences. Overall, though, I think this book will be enjoyed by those who love silliness, learning about words, and combining the two into one activity (so most dads should enjoy this one :p). 4 solid stars for this book.Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky for providing me with a DRC of this book.
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  • Lisa Vegan
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended only for independent school aged readers, definitely not preschoolers. This book is not much fun as a read aloud unless kids SEE the pages and at least know their alphabet/phonics and preferably have the vocabulary to know the meanings of many of the words, and there is some advanced vocabulary/esoteric words than only older kids or even adults will know. Particularly recommended for children and adults puzzled and/or amused by the vagaries of the written English language. Most of th Recommended only for independent school aged readers, definitely not preschoolers. This book is not much fun as a read aloud unless kids SEE the pages and at least know their alphabet/phonics and preferably have the vocabulary to know the meanings of many of the words, and there is some advanced vocabulary/esoteric words than only older kids or even adults will know. Particularly recommended for children and adults puzzled and/or amused by the vagaries of the written English language. Most of the pages show that there is some method in the madness. There was a slight bit of “cheating” with a couple of the letters but that’s okay. There is a glossary at the end and this adult actually needed it, for the words that start with B and with J. So there is no story here. But it’s a fun book and an educational book, though the premise is better than the final result. I’d expected to find it hilarious, but I didn’t really find it that amusing, except for the title. However, it was fun to read and I think some older kids will get a kick out of it.
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  • Margaux
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect for the girl with the silent "x" at the end of her name.
  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This book about English being confusing and inconsistent is, itself, confusing and inconsistent. "S is for Seas" because "seas" sounds like the letter C, I guess, but what other sound is "s" supposed to make in a book about words "nearly impossible to pronounce"? The page also has the word "Arkansas," which fits the theme, but to make the page about the sea is a weird choice.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    My grandchildren love alphabet books, and dinosaurs, so I though this would be right up their alley. Well there was only one dinosaur, but this was an incredibly silly book and my grandson loved it. It poked fun at the way the English language does not follow rules, especially all the silent letters in the language. It's written quite sarcastically and would probably be appreciated by older children who struggle with pronunciations and spelling as well as younger children who will just enjoy the My grandchildren love alphabet books, and dinosaurs, so I though this would be right up their alley. Well there was only one dinosaur, but this was an incredibly silly book and my grandson loved it. It poked fun at the way the English language does not follow rules, especially all the silent letters in the language. It's written quite sarcastically and would probably be appreciated by older children who struggle with pronunciations and spelling as well as younger children who will just enjoy the illustrations and fun text. The art is fun to look at and I enjoyed seeing a book that has fun with the ridiculousness of the English language. I would not recommend this book to early readers as it would probably frustrate them very much. A great addition to a school library. The publisher, SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky, generously provided me with a copy of this book to read. The rating, ideas and opinions are my own.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    This is a *delightful* alphabet book that uses some unusual examples for its letters - but the illustrations are great and it also provides a great glossary in the back for kiddos (and adults) who want more context for the neat words they encounter inside.
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  • Juliana
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is incredibly silly and I loved every page. It's a clever alphabet book that gives the reader a word that has a silent letter either at the beginning, middle, or end. It's written quite sarcastically and it's a good book to gift someone who's tired of getting the same old alphabet book. I can see younger children getting a kick out of some of the pages, especially if it's read in a funny voice. The drawings seem a I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is incredibly silly and I loved every page. It's a clever alphabet book that gives the reader a word that has a silent letter either at the beginning, middle, or end. It's written quite sarcastically and it's a good book to gift someone who's tired of getting the same old alphabet book. I can see younger children getting a kick out of some of the pages, especially if it's read in a funny voice. The drawings seem a bit rudimentary and I think it definitely could have benefited from a better illustrator. Besides that, I liked this book.
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  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    An alphabet book that pokes fun at words that use letters in unconventional ways for English.I thought that this book might be a great tool for our ESL teachers, but upon reading it I was disappointed. First of all, the words chosen for each of the letters are not even. They aren’t all letters that make an unusual sound or are silent. (I think the most ridiculous page was the Q page featuring a bunch of words that have the Q making a hard K sound…which is the sound Q makes. I guess they picked Q An alphabet book that pokes fun at words that use letters in unconventional ways for English.I thought that this book might be a great tool for our ESL teachers, but upon reading it I was disappointed. First of all, the words chosen for each of the letters are not even. They aren’t all letters that make an unusual sound or are silent. (I think the most ridiculous page was the Q page featuring a bunch of words that have the Q making a hard K sound…which is the sound Q makes. I guess they picked Quinoa and Qatar because those don’t have a kwa sound???) I think the biggest problem with this book though is that many of the words chosen are words adopted into the English language from another language. So, yes, the letters in those words make unconventional sounds to English speakers BUT they make the sounds they are supposed to in the original language. I found it culturally insensitive calling words silly and dumb for obeying a different set of phonics rules. Yes, they are different, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong or dumb. In a world that is more and more international, this is not a book I’d recommend for any classroom because it comes off as xenophobic, snobbish, and offensive. (Let’s just tell all the Spanish speakers of the world that they are using Js wrong. Umm, how about let’s not.) The idea for the book was good, but it was poorly executed. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: A is for Aisle. The bread aisle has not been cleaned in aeons, and nine tiny beasts meet to have a feast.Premise/plot: This book is not your traditional alphabet book. It is choosing to highlight words that "misbehave" in one way or another. Usually misbehaving words start with silent letters or break phonic rules in some way. Some letters are trickier to find examples for than others. Some choices make total sense--others not so much. There is a glossary and word pronunciation g First sentence: A is for Aisle. The bread aisle has not been cleaned in aeons, and nine tiny beasts meet to have a feast.Premise/plot: This book is not your traditional alphabet book. It is choosing to highlight words that "misbehave" in one way or another. Usually misbehaving words start with silent letters or break phonic rules in some way. Some letters are trickier to find examples for than others. Some choices make total sense--others not so much. There is a glossary and word pronunciation guide at the back of the book.More examples: C is for Czar. Shhh! The fascinating czar is secretly part Czech. E is for Ewe. Eileen the ewe was so euphoric the wolves were eaten, she even gave the eulogy. G is for Gnocchi. The gnome yells, "Waiter! There's a bright white gnat nibbling on my gnocchi!" I is not for Eye. We asked the pirate if he has two eyes, and he said, "aye, aye!" K is for Knight. The noble knight's knife nicked the knave's knee. N is not for Knot. N is for naughty children who will sing a solemn hymn when autumn comes to an end. P is for Pterodactyl. Ptolemy the psychic pterodactyl struggles with psoriasis. T is for Tsunami. The charging tsunami washed away all of Tchaikovsky's tchotchkes. My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I did. Granted, I am an adult. I'm not sure this is a picture book for actual children. As in children who are just beginning to read and sound out words. I'm not sure how it would work as a read aloud for a group. Perhaps it has some potential there! If you are planning to read it aloud, I'd recommend practice. (It's always a great idea to pre-read a book before reading it aloud anyway.)Text: 4 out of 5Illustrations: 3 out of 5Total: 7 out of 10
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.I requested this book from NetGalley because I have a three year old who is super into words and grammar, and this looked like a fun and out of the ordinary alphabet book. "P is for Pterodactyl" goes through the alphabet highlighting words where the letters break the rules (lots of unexpected silent letters and such). The art is fun to look at and I enjoyed seeing a book that has fun with the ridiculousness of the English language. This book would probably be Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.I requested this book from NetGalley because I have a three year old who is super into words and grammar, and this looked like a fun and out of the ordinary alphabet book. "P is for Pterodactyl" goes through the alphabet highlighting words where the letters break the rules (lots of unexpected silent letters and such). The art is fun to look at and I enjoyed seeing a book that has fun with the ridiculousness of the English language. This book would probably be frustrating for kids who are trying to learn to read, but it is great for an early reader who wants to know more about how language works.
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  • SaraKat
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a really cute idea, but the execution left something to be desired. The problem is that there aren't words for some of the letters and the authors had to reach a bit. Several foreign words were used (Djibouti comes to mind), but the author emphasizes that "English" is a funny language. Oui is used as an example of how an "O" at the beginning of the word in English usually has a "W" sound. ??? The art was cute. But I'm not really sure of the audience of this book. The words are I thought this was a really cute idea, but the execution left something to be desired. The problem is that there aren't words for some of the letters and the authors had to reach a bit. Several foreign words were used (Djibouti comes to mind), but the author emphasizes that "English" is a funny language. Oui is used as an example of how an "O" at the beginning of the word in English usually has a "W" sound. ??? The art was cute. But I'm not really sure of the audience of this book. The words are wildly inappropriate for picture book readers, but the execution won't appeal too much to older readers.
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  • Alyse Stolz
    January 1, 1970
    I want to say I bought this for my friend’s daughter but I am ridiculously selfish, and bought it for my friend’s daughter will full intention of reading it first. And boy do I love this book! So satisfying. English. What a goofy language.
  • Ashley Holstrom
    January 1, 1970
    So much fun!
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    A lively alphabet book with clever and humorous wordplay that older readers will appreciate. A useful book to supplement spelling units.
  • Jeimy
    January 1, 1970
    Before I moved I had a collection of quirky alphabet books, but this one takes the cake!
  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    This book makes my heart happy. I knew a lot of the words, but there were some I had mispronounced for years because I never looked them up and didn't realize they had random silent letters.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    As soon as I read the title of this one to my spelling-impared boyfriend, he insisted on looking at it with me. Every few pages he would mutter, "These authors are dicks," under his breath. I can think of no higher compliment for this book.I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss+.
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    As an adult who cannot stand the fact that so many words in the English language do not follow the so-called rules, I chuckled throughout the reading of this book. But I am not sure who the target audience is. Children will be drawn to the brightly-colored, cartoon-like illustrations by Maria Beddia (no information on art medium could be found in publisher info nor with a fairly lengthy Internet search), but the sentences on each alphabet page are so filled with difficult to pronounce words that As an adult who cannot stand the fact that so many words in the English language do not follow the so-called rules, I chuckled throughout the reading of this book. But I am not sure who the target audience is. Children will be drawn to the brightly-colored, cartoon-like illustrations by Maria Beddia (no information on art medium could be found in publisher info nor with a fairly lengthy Internet search), but the sentences on each alphabet page are so filled with difficult to pronounce words that frustration is likely to set in with the toddler to even third grade set. Adults who either love word study or are driven crazy by it will laugh, but are not likely to purchase it. And those in-between are not going to see any reason to open to an alphabet book at all. There is a fairly limited population of ELAR teachers who might like to have this one to demonstrate how many words to not follow grammar rules, but I do not see this as a book that librarians will circulate often and therefore, will not have the funds to purchase this one. Thanks for the dARC, Edelweiss.
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  • Ben Ostrowsky
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of fun, once you realize that the theme is NOT "silent letters" (even though the book talks about silent letters a few times) but "letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce". For example: "J is for Jai Alai". Absolutely not silent, but doesn't sound the way you'd think (unless, like me, you grew up in Miami not terribly far from a jai-alai fronton)."V is for Five"? Uh... we've left the world of tricky pronunciations and zapped straight over to number-writing syst A lot of fun, once you realize that the theme is NOT "silent letters" (even though the book talks about silent letters a few times) but "letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce". For example: "J is for Jai Alai". Absolutely not silent, but doesn't sound the way you'd think (unless, like me, you grew up in Miami not terribly far from a jai-alai fronton)."V is for Five"? Uh... we've left the world of tricky pronunciations and zapped straight over to number-writing systems of the ancient world.Don't let these departures from the theme spoil your enjoyment, though. These are some delightful frustrations to discover with the person you're reading it to!
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    An advert on Goodreads for this book piqued my interest, and I have been patiently waiting for it to come from another library in our system (we definitely need more than one copy for multiple libraries!). It was well worth the wait. This is one of the funniest and silliest alphabet books I have ever read. I learned that the author is a rapper, and the rhyming in the book was a good indication of that. The Worst Glossary in the World taught me a new word I had never heard of (Jai alai) and gave An advert on Goodreads for this book piqued my interest, and I have been patiently waiting for it to come from another library in our system (we definitely need more than one copy for multiple libraries!). It was well worth the wait. This is one of the funniest and silliest alphabet books I have ever read. I learned that the author is a rapper, and the rhyming in the book was a good indication of that. The Worst Glossary in the World taught me a new word I had never heard of (Jai alai) and gave pronunciations for things that I have been saying incorrectly for a *very* long time. Who knew Oaxaca was pronounced like that??The illustrations are colorful, straight forward and lovely. Can't you just see Ptolomy the psoriatic (and psychic) pterodactyl in you mind? The pictures fit perfectly with the descriptions of each letter. I'm a bit amazed at the number of bad reviews for this book. Many one stars state it is a horrible alphabet book and doesn't teach children the proper sounds of the letters. Ummm...the subtitle of the book is 'The Worst Alphabet Book Ever', so I'm not sure if these folks have *no* idea what satire is, or have no sense of humor. Being a huge fan of satire myself - this book was awesome!
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the review eARC of this book! My oldest, who is a strong reader, and with whom I have had many “English is weird” conversations, really enjoyed this book. I think it’s great for older kids who are becoming more familiar with lots of vocabulary. There is a glossary in the back which provides more background on the unusual pronunciations in the book, I do wish more of that information had been incorporated into the pages of the book. Overall this book was a fu Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the review eARC of this book! My oldest, who is a strong reader, and with whom I have had many “English is weird” conversations, really enjoyed this book. I think it’s great for older kids who are becoming more familiar with lots of vocabulary. There is a glossary in the back which provides more background on the unusual pronunciations in the book, I do wish more of that information had been incorporated into the pages of the book. Overall this book was a fun look at the English language, and it would be a great conversation starter!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was the best (worst) alphabet book ever! It goes through lots of examples of silent beginning letters and even some middle and end ones too. I really liked the glossary with additional info and pronunciation help. I was only confused by Yves (although I think it's 'Eves'). There was an audiobook mentioned on the back cover which we also listened to which included all of the glossary info along with each page.
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  • Teresa Edmunds
    January 1, 1970
    Haldar has a fun idea here: showcase the crazy English language as an alphabet book. Every letter is represented, but some are better than others. 'M' for example is wonderful: mnemonic. What a fun and messed up word! Other letters do not have a word. They get an example of what they aren't: "'R' is not for 'Are'. There are several of these and it is a bit disappointing. Overall, the reader will get a few laughs, but it could have been better.
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  • Tom Franklin
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent counter to the glut of alphabet-centric books on the market. Sadly, it will be over the heads of many younger kids as the words are uncommon ones to those with a limited vocabulary. Offset kids might get a kick out of it, though.I'm not completely sold on the illustrations. I like the details added, but I'm not sure the illustrator's style works with the text.This is a book I wish I'd thought of and written.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for my e-copy.This is truly the "worst alphabet book ever" but it is also the most delightful one too. The book discusses words in the English language that are not spelled as they might sound. Most of these words begin with a letter that is silent when pronounced (i.e. pterodactyl). Very unique book. It includes a pronunciation guide at the back of the book which might come in handy.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This book was fabulous fun! It is definitely not an alphabet book for the young child, but would be perfect for school age and older. Adults who like words and silliness will enjoy this, too!The glossary in the back is great - it has a pronunciation guide and definitions of the words. It was helpful to me and I know a lot of kids who read it will want to know a little more about some of the words.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kyrie
    January 1, 1970
    Cute book about letters that are silent or aren't pronounced the way they look like they ought to be. It wasn't as funny as I hoped, but the glossary in back is helpful. I could see a kid who wants to know why or how these letters are so weird, would find it good. I loved the artwork, and the clever stories woven into the bits about the letters.
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  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    This isn't your mothers alphabet book! This is not for a young child. This alphabet book could actually be given to an adult. I could also see this used in classes as low as second grade but upwards to junior high due to the items mentioned. It would be a great gift for someone who collects alphabet books.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Clever and silly alphabet book highlighting the many inconsistencies of the English language. Most of the examples work but some are definitely a stretch like "Seas" and "Oui". Still, a very fun for a kid who delights in language and word play. For a slightly older reader who is a confident independent reader and will understand the vocabulary and the overall joke.
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  • Cat
    January 1, 1970
    So funny and so true! English is a very odd language! I think older kids, teens, and adults will enjoy this playful romp through the alphabet! It would also make a wonderful gag gift for those sticklers of spelling. Love the illustrations, too.I received a Kindle ARC in exchange for a fair review from Netgalley.
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