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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (28 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416903305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416903307
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 0.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,544,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8f1e1e70) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f753fd8) out of 5 stars Perfect for the little Matthew in your life 8 Nov. 2002
By christina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a story about a teacher with 25 Matthews in her class. Some of our favorites are Matthew C. who has cowlicks(look for the words his cowlicks form throughout the book),Matthew H. appears to be headless (ever know a boy who pulls his shirt over his head), and Matthew K. is unusually fond of ketchup (He dresses like a ketchup bottle). Matthew Z. (dressed in zippers) transfers into her class at the end of the book. I puchased this book after reading a rave review in the chicago trib. I looked in every bookstore I could find before finding it cheeper at amazon. This is a wonderful book for any child preschool thru 1st grade. My 5 year old has it memorized! I sent it to school with him and the teacher just loved it, we are going to order an extra one to donate to his class.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f600048) out of 5 stars Creative Alphabet Fun..... 5 Oct. 2002
By Roz Levine - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Mrs. Tuttle has 25 children in her class. They are all named Matthew. Principal Nozzet wonders how Mrs. Tuttle tells them apart. She finds it quite simple..." Starting with the letter A, meet each Matthew, and find out what's special about him. For example, Matthew A is extremely affectionate, Matthew B loves Band-Aids, Matthew C has cowlicks, and so on, letter by letter, through the alphabet. Peter Catalanotto's easy to read, spare text is complemented with clever, bold and bright illustrations, filled with eye-catching detail and humor. Matthew G has trouble with glue, and Mr Catalanotto shows him stuck to his chair and covered with school supplies. Matthew I is incognito, wearing a fedora and fake glasses, nose, and mustache. And Matthew R, my personal favorite, is freckled with a rhinoceros, and if kids look closely they'll see the outline of a freckle-made rhino, horn and all, on Matthew R's face. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, Matthew A.B.C. is a creative and imaginative learning tool that both engages and entertains. As classmate number 25, Matthew Y, yodels, Principal Nozzet brings a new student in to join the class. Can you guess his name? Here's a hint, he's covered in zippers!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fd61cfc) out of 5 stars Original and wonderful! 20 Jun. 2007
By E. Keary - Published on
Format: Paperback
This wonderful, witty book has enchanted and amused my three boys aged 8, 5 and 2. The "Matthews" in the book are all quirky characters with hilarious idiosyncracies. It's a warm and entertaining ABC book, seemingly simple yet successful on many levels. I don't want to make it sound heavy at all because it is so light and fun, but "Matthew ABC" says a great deal about acceptance and tolerance, and is great for vocabulary extension. A school teacher friend recognised the characters instantly - they're in every classroom!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6002d0) out of 5 stars Come on in. We need a Z. 28 Nov. 2007
By Judy K. Polhemus - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Poor Mrs. Tuttle. She has 25 students in her class and all 25 are named Matthew! As a children's librarian, I want my students to ask questions. They ask how 25 Matthews can end up in the same class and say they don't believe it. That's when I spring the news: Illustrators can do what they want in their books! You can watch their puzzled faces then see the light. Oh, yeah, it's the illustrator's book. Then I say, Let's find out why he has 25 Matthews.

So what does Mrs. Tuttle do? Illustrator/writer Peter Catalanotto has Mrs. Tuttle make an alphabet game out of it. Fancy this: All the Matthews have last names, each with a different letter of the alphabet. In reality, students who are reading or listening to the story learn, not only the alphabet, but words that match the action. For example, Matthew A is Affectionate with the picture showing him hugging the teacher. Matthew C has a friendly cowlick, showing the boy's hair spelling words through the use of gel. In fact, his top-knot spells "cowlick." Matthew R "is freckled with a rhinoceros." Sure enough, there is a rhino across his face--in freckles!

How do first-graders like this book? One little boy who never smiles and always seems too timid to even look at anyone, laughed out loud and got up on his knees. If you know body language, you know he just joined in. (I have asked his teacher about him and learned he participates in her class. She thinks he may be shy around me. I was thrilled I found a story that caused a reaction from him.)

Matthew I likes to go Incognito. Students are so quick to make life applications. I explained that if a famous person did not want to be bothered at the grocery store, they wore sunglasses and a hat. They immediately began telling me specific stories about famous people dressed incognito. At the end of the story the principal brings in a new student--you guessed it--Matthew, number 26, whose last name starts with, again you guessed it, Z. Know what he was wearing? Yes, meet Matthew Zipper.

What a fun book that teaches alphabet, then vocabulary. We all love it! I think your children will, too!
HASH(0x8f600270) out of 5 stars Fun Play on Letters 22 July 2015
By Lady Lilith - Published on
Format: Paperback
Cute book. Fun play on words.

This book is about 25 Matthew's in one classroom. Rather then getting them all confused the teacher assigned each child a letter of the alphabet in a fun play on word way. For example Matthew K. likes ketchup.

This is a really silly book. Gets some children's attention. A fun way to learn letter recognition.
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