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Kipper's A to Z [Unknown Binding]

Mick Inkpen
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Harcourt (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006S78B0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998. for more information see www.hodderchildrens.co.uk/kipper

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you are a Kipper fan then this book is a must-have, and if you aren't then it's a good way to become one. This is a fantastic way to teach children their A-Z with Mike Inkpen's beautiful appealing illustrations. This book takes a sensible but rare approach to the alphabet, looking at each letter in turn within a good story. Kipper and his friend Arnold have a box which they are trying to fill with something beginning with each letter. Ant is easy, and then you'll spend the rest of the book looking out for it as it disappears on the duck and elephant pages (not everything will fit into the box). There are lovely touches that make the adult reader smile, like the zebra who shows up half way through and is so desperate for it to be his turn that finally Y is for Yes, Yes it is your turn now... .I also like the very big writing for the key words so that children can start to read these words for themselves. Whereas many alphabet books are worthy but a bit on the dull side, this is just pure Kipper fun. My children (2&4) love it. Smashing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best A-Z book ever written! 19 Aug 2001
By A Customer
It was wonderful to find a children's A-Z book that would hold the attention of a young child for the whole of the book - particularly a 2 year old! The story layout, using some favourite characters, with Mick Inkpen's wonderful illustrations is a joy for both child and adult alike. The emphasis of the order of the alphabet, particularly with 'z' coming at the end of the alphabet, is vital for children and made this something easy to remember for a young child.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite with mum too! 1 July 2003
Kipper's A to Z is a delightful book which unlike most children's alphabet books doesn't take itself too seriously. It follows Kipper and Arnold through their world while they search for creatures to put in their alphabetical zoo box (unsuprisingly, the enormous elephant won't fit) cheating horribly along the way (X is for Xugglybug?!). It even features a rather impatient zebra who just won't wait until the end of the book. This had me laughing as much as my two-year-old.
The illustrations, as you would expect for Mick Inkpen, are superb - simple yet detailed enough to delight even after the hundredth read. From an educational point of view, all the words chosen fit nicely with the phonetic sounds of the alphabet which so refreshing after the last alphabet book we bought which had a is for ape and g is for giraffe - doomed to confuse from the start.
We originally got this book from the library, but it soon became apparent that it was one that needed to be a permanent fixture on the shelves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Entertaining! 27 Nov 2000
By A Customer
My daughter, Hannah, is probably Kippers No.1 fan so this book is perfect with helping to teach her the alaphabet! Its refreshing to see an A-Z book with a bit of a difference, a wonderful story to follow too. Hannah has been shouting the letters out, and especially enjoys the 'K for Kipper' page! A definite favourite!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely A-Z book 27 July 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my two year old daughter who is already a big Kipper fan. She loves the pictures, however I think the concept of A-Z is still a bit beyod her so her attention did wane a little bit due to the length of the book. That said, the illustrations are lovely and I am sure that in a few months time this will becomone a firm favourite along with the other books in the Mick Inkpen collection. All in all a very good quality A-Z book which manages to integrate a story as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for this bigger than average `A-Z' 10 May 2008
from Kipper and friends, with more dimensions than first expected!

It begins with an Ant, continues with a Bee who `buzzes' across the `Bb' page with zzzzzz also being appropriate as he buzzes off and away on the `Cc' page.......to reappear in `Zz' on the last page, where Arnold's `little ZOO' has accumulated!

This delightful book begins with an adorable page with Kipper telling the Zebra that he doesn't need him until much later!
Undaunted, the Zebra hopefully reappears on other pages!
In our Library group, the Zebra is a hero not only with the children who are eager to find where he next appears but also with the teachers as it surreptitiously portrays the subtle message that `he does get his turn', at the right time!
(rather like putting your hand up and waiting, in the case of older children!)

From the back cover:-

`L is for Lots of Ladybirds.
But what can Kipper find for Arnold that begins with X?'

Large paperback format with 60 high quality shiny pages, with the usual endearing illustrations, in the popular 2-page spread.
Letters are shown in their capital and lower case form in large, bold text followed by the main example of a word beginning with the appropriate letter, followed by a relevant sentence or two.

Example of text:-
`This is Kipper's little friend, Arnold.
Arnold has found an ant.

Aa is for ant.
And Arnold.

Bb is for box.
And buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
They put the ant in the box, and followed the bumblebee.
It flew away.

`Let's find something beginning with C,' said Kipper.
But the caterpillar had already found them!
Cc is for Crawly caterpillar........
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Adore this book 11 Mar 2012
Very simple in a great way. Colorful but not "loud". My 18 month old who loves kipper movies really loves this book and I am not at all bored of it.
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Published on 20 Jan 2011 by VixC
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Letter Book Ever
This is the best alphabet book I have come across. It stands out in two ways.

1) It is written in the form of a story, so is interesting in itself. Read more
Published on 18 July 2010 by K. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-School Learning
Excellent book for pre-school learning of the alphabet with the added fun of finding a character on each page. We have spent many happy hours and bought further copies for gifts.
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by blackcat
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book
my daughter who is four loves kipper this is a nice book with bold pictures it goes through the alphabet with pictures and words
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by J. K. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a top rate childrens book
I bought this book for my baby last year, it gives you so much more than a normal A to Z book. It's an educational book, but a fun storey at the same time. Read more
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