Alphaboat by Michael Chesworth

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An alphabet adventure

One day i chanced to stop for t
and listen to sweet Mellow D,
in her old H beside the sea,
sing of her long-lost Mister E.

She said he'd hid a treasure chest
out on an I-land to the west.
Just where it's buried she knew not.
But X would surely mark the spot.

Come join the letter men of the Alphaboat as they cross the high seas on a treasure-hunting trip! All twenty-six characters are here, from uppercase officers Captain C and Admiral T to lowercase crewmen silent e and sleepy z.

Packed with visual and verbal puns, this jaunty picture book salutes nautical yarns of yore as it takes readers where no alphabet book has sailed before.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

About Michael Chesworth

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Michael Chesworth has illustrated many picture books and is also the creator of Rainy Day Dream and Archibald Frisby, a Reading Rainbow Feature Book. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Published September 23, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This bit of alphabetical legerdemain, juggling the particles of speech and letters topsy-turvy, is to alphabet books what a diacritical mark is to vowels.

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He builds a ship ("The Alphaboat must have a crew!/ i, m coming, u, r, too"), and the aforementioned lowercase letters board the vessel preceded by fancy capitals T, C and A ("So everybody knows his place/ the officers are uppercase").

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