Achoo! Bang! Crash!: The Noisy Alphabet

achoo bang crashAchoo! Bang! Crash!: The Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald. Neal Porter Books, 2003. 32 pages.

Reading Level: Picture Books, 4-8

Maturity Level: 2 (Ages 4-8)

This riotous book is full of noisy words! Onomatopoeia comprises the entire text, making this a perfect read-aloud (and read with) choice for kindergarten and early elementary students. MacDonald’s illustrations have a vintage feel to them which matches the font choices expertly. Backmatter includes a nice explanation of old-fashioned wooden type from the 19th century. MacDonald did indeed use his vintage press for the words in this book and offers up a challenge to young readers: find the one font that is repeated. This book is a slightly older title, but is available in libraries and “used” on Amazon.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Cautions: none

Audience: Parents, Educators, Elementary

Recommended Use: Curriculum Tie-In (onomatopoeia, alphabet, typography/art), Read-Aloud

Categories: Education, Poetry, Alphabet Books

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Betsy is the Managing Editor at Redeemed Reader. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betsy is a fan of George MacDonald, robust book discussions, and the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their three children in the beautiful Northwest.

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