Longlisted for the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award Picture Book Category
Book Title: Take Away The A
Author: Michaël Escoffier
Illustrator: Kris Di Giacomo
Publisher: Anderson Press
This is no ordinary A-Z picture book! It’s an alphabeast of a book!
Brilliantly illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo and creatively written by Michaël Escoffier, it is a imaginative manipulation of the letters of the alphabet.
Each double page spread involves the subtraction of a letter of the alphabet from a word…
Without the A - Beast is the best
Without the B - The bride goes for a ride
Without the C - The chair has hair
Each of Kris Di Giacomo’s wonderful illustrations enhances the story created by taking away each letter. Each eliminated letter creates a story to discuss and provides the perfect setting for developing inference skills. Discuss why the glove feel in love with the glove, how the monkey makes money and why the plate was too late!
Readers could use white boards or magnetic as they read along with the story guessing which letters might be taken away.
A class could create a minus 1 or plus 1 game using a variety of words - exploring what happens to words when letters are taken away or added. To make things easier when playing, the game clues could be added, for example -1 turns the time into something you find on the beach.
A class could create their own ‘Take away’ alphabet book.
Readers could create their own simple stories using the characters and objects found on each page - for example the ‘D’ page - dice, ice, playing cards, mouse, rat & a goose.
The perfect book for inspiring children to play with words, think about spelling patterns, to enjoy working with words- 'Take Away the A' is a must for everyone!