Achoo! 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
Audience: Parents, Educators, Elementary
Recommended Use: Curriculum Tie-In (onomatopoeia, alphabet, typography/art), Read-Aloud
Categories: Education, Poetry, Alphabet Books