[PDF / Epub] ✎ P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever ☂ Raj Haldar – Thomashillier.co.uk



10 thoughts on “P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

  1. says:

    At first glance, this looks like a book for pre schoolers, so I m not sure how my nearly nine year old niece will react when she unwraps it I m confident she ll find it funny but there s also a book token voucher inside UPDATE She was initially wary, then intrigued, but her 11.5 year old sister and their father weretaken by it This book is really for those who are good enough readers to relish the illogicalities of English spellings, rather than be oblivious to or frustrated by them At first glance, this looks like a book for pre schoolers, so I m not sure how my nearly nine year old niece will react when she unwraps it I m confident she ll find it funny but there s also a book token voucher inside UPDATE She was initially wary, then intrigued, but her 11.5 year old sister and their father weretaken by it This book is really for those who are good enough readers to relish the illogicalities of English spellings, rather than be oblivious to or frustrated by them There is humour in the pictures and nonsensical scenes, but also from the word choices Some pages subvert the usual letter is for word with letter is NOT for word Image U is not for You or EweIt includes words that are not obvious subjects for children s books quinoa , as well asusual ones knight and pteranodon , and words that are not really words at all Roman numerals.Image V is for FiveThe authors had plenty to choose from English has a long history of incorporating and adapting words from languages including Norse, Greek, Latin, French, German, and Hindi Image Bdellium is the only word dumb enough to start with a silent B.That s why our spelling is often inconsistent and counter intuitive Take a look at the length of the Wikipedia page for just one, not very helpful, rule I before E except after C or Google for mugs and t shirts listing exceptions in a single quirky sentence.Rhymes can be misleading too, hence knowing how to spell wee is no help spelling ouija Image O is for Ouja but not for Wee, which sounds the same.And just in case context isn t enough, the glossary defines the words, with pronunciation guides.Image GlossaryPronunciation note It uses US pronunciation For most of the words, that s close enough for Brits The notable exception is herbalism starting with an er sound, which is not the case, in most parts of the UK other than Cockney and some London accents that often drop initial aitches


  2. says:

    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 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.


  3. says:

    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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    Now generally and from a presented text proper point of view, I have truly found Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter s P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever both fun and lyrically, humorously engaging, with many included onomatopoeia, tongue twisters and other word based joys and rhetorical delights although indeed this is claimed with the necessary caveat that P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is most definitely and in my humble opinion much too advanced and too potent Now generally and from a presented text proper point of view, I have truly found Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter s P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever both fun and lyrically, humorously engaging, with many included onomatopoeia, tongue twisters and other word based joys and rhetorical delights although indeed this is claimed with the necessary caveat that P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is most definitely and in my humble opinion much too advanced and too potentially, too easily confusing for young children first learning their letters and words and thereforea book conceptualised for older children, and actually for anyone interested in the many and diverse vagrancies and conundrums of English language spelling and pronunciation However and my general basic enjoyment of both the concept and the presented 26 letter sections of P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever quite notwithstanding, I for one also have to admit that I have found this book rather annoyingly and frustratingly incomplete on a specifically language and linguistic level For considering that many of the reasons why especially English has so many spelling and pronunciation scenarios that make the language often so potentially befuddling and difficult to write and in particular to pronounce are based on particular linguistic and language history as well as etymological explanations, frankly, I do find itthan a trifle problematic, sad and actually if truth be told a very serious academic and informative shortcoming and lack that there is basically almost NO supplemental information whatsoever provided as to the specific causes of why the English language has so many spelling and pronunciation quandaries for sorry, but while the glossary at the back of P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is of course appreciated and most likely also rather necessary, there also in my humble opinion absolutely should be an included section on basic linguistics and why English in particular has so many homonyms and other spelling scenarios that make especially the pronunciation of the language often so confusing and problematic, as well as of course also a section on suggested books for further reading and study, both tomes geared towards children young adults and also onessuitable and accessible for adults and perhaps even for those of us with a bit of background in linguistics and language history Combined with the fact that while Maria Tina Beddia s illustrations although bright and imaginative are also generally much too garishly hued and cartoon like for my aesthetic tastes, I can and will only consider two stars maximum for P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever and while I do and would in fact still recommend it, I can honestly say that if you like and require your alphabet books, or rather if you like and require youradvanced alphabet books to also include supplemental details and bibliographical information, then P is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever might not really be right for you


  5. says:

    Perfect for the girl with the silent x at the end of her name.


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    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.


  8. says:

    A cute, short picture book, but it could have been better Some letters are for things they are not N is not for Knot The text for each letter includes as many strangely spelled words as possible My favorite was the ewe giving the eulogy.


  9. says:

    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 isandinternational, 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.


  10. says:

    P Is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Chris Carpenter and Maria Beddia was almost purpose built for me Long before George Carlin asked about how the w in one got tangled into the otherwise w less two, or for that matter why it takes so many times to get to, too, two right I was not getting the hang of spelling I be fore e except after c is arbitrary enough if you are going to pretend away words like Chief, Believe and Field and there are others I also have a clear P Is for Pterodactyl The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Chris Carpenter and Maria Beddia was almost purpose built for me Long before George Carlin asked about how the w in one got tangled into the otherwise w less two, or for that matter why it takes so many times to get to, too, two right I was not getting the hang of spelling I be fore e except after c is arbitrary enough if you are going to pretend away words like Chief, Believe and Field and there are others I also have a clear memory of in class spelling bee when a friend of mine nailed Pneumonia while I was fortunately cautious enough to not call Bull, even as I was thinking it David got it right by realizing teacher was reading from a dictionary and was still in the letter P With The Worst Alphabet Book Ever we get a comedic twist on the entire shelf of alphabet books Ain t nobody here but us words that fail to behave Phonic teachers, eat your heart out Sorry, phonetically that s eat your hart out I do like the occasional children s book, but so much better are those with a hint of the naughty The down side is that on occasion the authors have some forced curtsy sentences to go with their examples It is kind of a cheat to include foreign word Transliteration is a matter of approximating sounds that may not exist in English rather that spelling exceptions Is it properly Tsar I think so but I am not gonna get crushed if someone prefers Csar Do not get me stated on Hanukkah, Channuka and its variants


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