Wednesday, October 1, 2014

LMNO Peas- book review

Alphabet quotes for you to enjoy:

*  The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog," uses every letter in the alphabet."

*  "If plan "A" didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters, stay cool."

*  I was good at math before they decided to mix the alphabet in it."

and the perfect seque for todays book.......

*  Educational television should be absolutely forbidden.  It can only lead to unreasonable disappointment when your child discovers that the letters of the alphabet do not leap up out of books and dance around with royal-blue chickens."   - Fran Lebowitz

.....the last quote was true until Keith Baker crafted this book.....

Today's featured book:

Title:  LMNO Peas
Author and Illustrator:  Keith Baker
Ageless but really for ages 2-5

Let's take a peek inside shall we?

My take on the book:

This book is truly a breath of fresh air and is a whole new twist on most of the traditional alphabets books that are out there in the marketplace today.  Keith Baker has taken his alphabet book to a whole new level, sparking kids's imaginations and producing for them, an unforgettable alphabet experience.  Your child will want to go back again and again and get involved with those crazy, busy worker peas that buzz around on every single page.

The book is happy, energetic and the bubbly little cast of pea characters will warm your heart and maybe even get your kids to look at peas in a whole new light at dinnertime.  This classic board book is written in rhyme and is a New York Times Bestseller. 

Every letter is surrounded by a frenzy of occupied working peas that covers everything from "acrobats, artists, astronauts in space, builders, bathers, and bikers in a race."  The vibrant colours throughout, the amazing detail within, and the tall, stand-out letters, will lure your kids into that letter and jubilantly discover what those amazing little peas are happily engaged in.  You cannot help but stop on each page, peer intently, then do a near nose-plant which allows you to ogle each individual pea and see his uniqueness.  How fun is that?  The "P" page is so expressive and sums it up so well, "We're painters, /poets, /and plumbers fixing leaks / We're pilots, / parachutists, / we're peas and .... we're unique."   

This book is so well designed (with very sturdy pages and a jacket flap that matches the actual cover of the book).  It is extremely creative and witty, sure to put a smile on the your child's face.    I especially love the title because as you know kids usually get to the LMNOP part of the alphabet and make all  those letters blend together and not individualize them into their own separate sounds.  The title, in my opinion could not be more perfect.  Everything about the book is top quality and I highly, highly recommend it.  Ingeniousness for your one-of-a-kind little genius.

About the author:

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including My Octopus Arms; the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas1-2-3 PeasLittle Green Peas; No Two AlikeBig Fat HenWho Is the Beast?; and Potato Joe. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at
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Book Review Rating:    9  (close to perfection!)

Mind your Peas & Q's now and read on and read always!  

Have an amazing day everyone!

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