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Author: Maira Kalman

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Publisher: Putnam Juvenile,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Poppy Wise introduces us to family and friends as she tells us about all of the unusual things her dog Pete has eaten, starting with an Accordian. This is a light-hearted alphabet book.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 2 to 6

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 1/2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter can't get enough of this book. Some of the characters move from page to page, and she likes pointing to them. Now she'll read some pages herself.

Adult Reader Reaction: You have to read it slowly the first couple of times, as it's nearly a tongue-twister in spots. It's a fun twist on the usual alphabet book.

Pros: It's humorous for adults and perfectly suited to the quirky imaginations of toddlers and young readers.

Cons: You can't read it too fast or you'll get your tongue tied. A toddler who knows his letters won't let you skip any, either.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The toddler may not tire of it, but you ultimately will.

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Educational Themes: The alliteration of the story helps reinforce the letters and their sounds. There are also some new objects (e.g., a fez) for expanding vocabulary.

Literary Categories: fiction - picture book, literacy, rhyme

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2004

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