Alphabet rescue

Audrey Wood

Book - 2006

While on vacation in Alphabet City, Little e and the other lowercase letters repair an old fire truck and come to the rescue when a fire engulfs the letter-making factory.

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Picture books
New York : Blue Sky Press 2006.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill
Main Author
Audrey Wood (-)
Other Authors
Bruce Robert Wood (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Review

This third adventure with Charley's alphabet, created by a mother-son team, engages the little letters in a competition with the capital letters. The alphabet worked hard all year to help Charley learn to read and write, and it was ready for a vacation. Soaring off on a pencil to Alphabet City, the little letters discover a broken-down fire engine. When they fix it up, it becomes a vehicle for letter rescues, including one of the capital letters when their own truck blows a tire. The shiny, bright images in the digitally rendered illustrations add dimension to the action. To stand out from the black text, the letter symbol in the character's name (Little b, Chief F) is printed in red. This will encourage phonics games and a-b-c-learning, though it will work best if the audience is familiar with the previous books. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2006 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The 26-letter team first introduced in Alphabet Adventure ("a fresh and roundly satisfying excursion for those learning their ABCs," according to PW's starred review) comes to the Alphabet Rescue by Audrey Wood, illus. by Bruce Wood, when the letter-making factory becomes engulfed in flames. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-When Charley leaves to visit his grandparents for summer vacation, his lowercase alphabet letters travel on a pencil to their hometown of Alphabet City. The little letters' adventures include fixing up an old fire engine, cleaning M-u-d from a car, rescuing a C-a-t from a tree, and saving the day when the capital letters' fire engine spins out of control and cannot get to the fire at the letter-making factory. Readers will enjoy this sweet story and have fun identifying letters in the text and illustrations. As in the Woods' Alphabet Adventure (2001) and Alphabet Mystery (2003, both Scholastic), the pages are filled with 3-D-style digital artwork, creating a self-contained alphabet world.-Marilyn Ackerman, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Horn Book Review

While Charley is visiting his grandparents, his alphabet's lowercase letters head off on their own vacation. They find and rebuild a deserted fire truck, and with the help of experienced firefighters (capital letters), they put out a factory fire. The overly crowded, too-slick computer-generated illustrations feature gumball-colored letters. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

In the newest installment of Audrey and Bruce Wood's alphabet series, Charley goes to visit his grandparents for the summer, and his lowercase letters go on vacation to Alphabet City, the place where they were born. There, the lowercase letters are excited to see a new fire truck--until they are told that they are too small to use it. Wandering around, they find an abandoned fire truck, clean off the m-u-d themselves and proceed to save a c-a-t from a tree. Suddenly, the factory where all letters are made catches fire, and the capital letters' truck's tire blows out. It's up to the lowercase letters to save the day and work together with the capital letters to squelch the flames--and return home in time to help Charley write a thank-you note to his grandparents. While the plot is a trifle thin, the hyper-realistic artwork, the bright colors, the spelling puzzles and the inventive use of letters within the text will no doubt appeal to children just becoming familiar with their ABCs. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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