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Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC
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Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Falkenstern
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In Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC, two mice dressed in Victorian clothing use gadgets and found objects—each starting with a different letter of the alphabet—to build a fantastic steampunk surprise. A is for anvil; M is for monkey wrench; P is for periscope. Steampunk-inspired elements abound on every page as the mice make use of ordinary household items—spoons, a sardine tin, life-size toothbrushes—to create the letters and, ultimately, the book’s surprise at the end. Young readers will delight in the mice characters and their fantastical creations, while parents will enjoy the celebration of steampunk—making old things new again, the retro/futuristic details, and the emphasis on creativity. With standout illustrations that are both charming and intricate, children and parents alike will want to pore over this story again and again.

About the Author

Lisa Falkenstern created steampunk gadgets in her studio in New Jersey as she worked on this book. Altogether, she made numerous sculptures and used 1,072 pieces of hardware before she started the artwork. She has written and illustrated one other highly praised book, A Dragon Moves In. She lives with her husband in Califon, New Jersey.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice's review 17 May 2014
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I really liked the pictures and the descriptions and I just thought it was really good
Alice G Age 6
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming, clever, underappreciated by my toddlers 3 Mar 2014
By J. Loscheider - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a small stack of ABC books - some plain, some inventive, some decorative. There is not a single ABC book like this one. Lisa Falkenstern engineered a book that is both readable and complex, subtle in narrative, and engaging to my kids.

They like the mice. The words are new and growing on them and that's a very good thing. - I've got to say that of the 1,083 times I've read an ABC book, 941 of them have begun with "A is for Apple" no matter if it's a train, a rabbit, a monkey or a robot holding the apple. Sometimes it's an anthropomorphic apple. "Anvil" makes a refreshing change.

What makes this Steampunk isn't just the setting (mid-1800s, lots of pipes and gears) but the underlying narrative. Steampunk is about artisanship and the romance of exploration. My kids know they're getting from A to Z, but it's entertaining to watch the Professor and his plucky assistant engineer their zeppelin, preparing it for flight.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 19 Jun 2014
By M. Munoz - Published on Amazon.com
This was an impulse buy from the ticker.. and I was not disappointed! Very fun, full page illustrations. My kids love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun inducing, reading enhancing, promoting a good future career 5 Mar 2014
By Didaskalex - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the most charming Alphabet I have ever encountered, using an innovative complex assemblies to present the Latin script by means of an uncommon subject for kids; a Steam Punk. While those mice are machinery fans, using a vocabulary of fittings and machines as: anvil, bolt, crank, drill, and faucet, ending in a 19th century flying marvel; Zeppelin!

Re-inventing funny machinery out of old hardware is a great mission and will promote the love of alphabet to preschool and first graders, by a thrilling make-believe outmoded but kid friendly 'steam-punk' world. the kids tour guides are two cute Victorian mice.
The drawings are very well presented in a machinery environment that appeals to youngsters.

I selected this fun inducing, reading enhancing, alpha-help book, in spite of its presenter 'Professor Whiskerton' choice of hard to keep vocabulary, for my first grader enthusiastic grandson Oliver. I am sure his big brother Noah will love to share and borrow the book, which promotes machine appreciation, for the boys linking to an engaging future career.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute 23 Jun 2014
By Snickers Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the words are clever, fun words to introduce a child to. I love flipping through it myself. Very different and a nice addition to my library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing alternative to "A is for Apple" 7 April 2014
By Jason Kirkfield - Published on Amazon.com
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In what may be the youngest type of book yet to receive the ubiquitous steampunk twist, this ABC book from illustrator Lisa Falkenstern is a refreshing alternative to many of the A is for Apple books. The actual title is "Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC." Professor Whiskerton is the rotund inventor mouse; Percy is his slim but able assistant.

I particularly enjoy the cumulative effect which encourages re-reading: A-to-Y items are incorporated into Z. (Admittedly, many of the items cannot be seen with any detail in the final two-page spread.) Some details which become apparent on subsequent reading are the Professor's peg leg, and hints to the Zeppelin as early as the letter "C".

It would have been nice to see an Author's Note showing the actual gadgets and sculptures that Falkenstern created in preparation for this book. More of an objective gripe, though not directed at the author-illustrator: the pinstripe endpapers were fine on the baseball-themed (and also recently published) Ballpark but there's nothing steampunk-ish about pinstripes.

Overall, this is a unique and attractive effort. Oil paint was a nice medium to replicate the sheen of metal parts. Mice seem an industrious choice in children's literature. Other murine favorites include Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse and Mouse Mess.
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