Alphabet under construction

Denise Fleming, 1950-

Book - 2002

A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Henry Holt 2002.
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
0805068481
Main Author
Denise Fleming, 1950- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

/*Starred Review*/ PreS.-Gr. 2. Fleming offers an engaging conceit executed in a marvelous medium. A hardworking mouse is building the alphabet: on each page the industrious rodent creates a letter using an activity beginning with that letter. Mouse dyes the D--a shimmery tie-dye effect; levels the L (using a pile of bricks and a carpenter's level), and quilts the Q. Most of these actions are related to construction or artwork, and each letter, usually much larger than the mouse, is sturdily indicative of itself. For instance, the W being welded is made of wrought iron lattice. Fleming has poured colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils to make her illustrations, which are thus bold in outline and shape and vivid with an almost incandescent coloring. Although this has the simplicity of many alphabet books, it also has momentum as the project moves forward, and ingenuity in its execution. The exhausted mouse's month of hard work is rewarded: the last page shows the completed alphabet. A handsome poster of the alphabet is included. ((Reviewed August 2002)) Copyright 2002 Booklist Reviews

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Mouse, the rambunctious rodent first seen in Fleming's Lunch, returns in this concept-book salute to hands-on (or, in this case, paws-on) creativity. Beginning at the beginning the letter A, of course Mouse fashions letters by means of various arts and crafts. Fleming has embraced the broadest definition of "construction" to include such activities as sawing, gluing, buttoning, icing (as in a cake) and quilting. Young children will no doubt enjoy seeing Mouse scurry sometimes humorously splattered with materials from one letter to the next, although they may puzzle over a few of the scenes. A few of the entries strain to fit the overall theme as when Mouse X-rays the X, Yanks the Y and Judges the J. The always playful, exuberant mood of Fleming's handmade-paper artwork, however, remains intact. Her broad range of dynamic, intense colors envelops readers with its sunny warmth. Ages 2-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-K-One very active mouse constructs an alphabet with 26 sturdy verbs. Several of them may be unfamiliar to the preschool set-airbrush, dye, judge, level, quilt, tile, weld, or X-ray-but the art, combined with a helpful adult, should make the meanings clear. The vibrant illustrations "were created by pouring colored cotton fiber through hand-cut stencils" and have appealing texture and intense color. Though the text is limited to verb/letter ("folds the F, glues the G," etc.), the art (A and Z have spreads) is the strength of this offering. Mouse, who first appeared in Fleming's Lunch (Holt, 1995), is an enthusiastic builder though a bit untidy. Novice students of the alphabet may be enticed into constructing their own alphabets and/or gathering their own set of verbs. A worthy addition to the sea of ABC books.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The mouse from Lunch is hard at work constructing each letter of the alphabet, performing a letter-appropriate action to each letter, such as "dying" the D, "folding" the F, "carving" the C, and so forth. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An artist's approach to introducing the alphabetMouse airbrushes the A,buttons the B,carves the C . . .Mouse is hard at work constructing each letter of the alphabet. He dyes the D, erases the E, and folds the F. Mouse works his way right through to Z, constructing an alphabet that surpasses even the wildest artistic imagination.A bright, beautiful concept book from best selling picture book Denise Fleming.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

An artist's approach to introducing the alphabetMouse airbrushes the A,buttons the B,carves the C . . .Mouse is hard at work constructing each letter of the alphabet. He dyes the D, erases the E, and folds the F. Mouse works his way right through to Z, constructing an alphabet that surpasses even the wildest artistic imagination.A bright, beautiful concept book from best selling picture book Denise Fleming.