Al Pha's Bet (Anglais) Relié – 12 mai 2011
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Sure to entertain and engage young readers, this book turns the ABC's inside out. Kids will laugh at the quirky illustrations and clever wordplay, while wondering where the alphabet really did get its order.
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Delphine Durand has illustrated Putnam's Chicken of the Family (which was a CCBC Choice and Bulletin Blue Ribbon). She lives in France.
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The problem with the book is that the main character, named Al Pha, makes a bet with himself that he can come up with the best ordering of the alphabet. That is the "Bet" in the title of the book. The problem is the "bet" is never described in the story, in fact, the word "bet" is used as if a bet is just a goal. As we reread this book several times, I kept wondering, "what the heck am I going to tell my son when he asks me what a bet is?" - because a bet means you get something if you're successful and you lose something if you're not. Then I'd have to explain to him that the book has taken some poetic license with the definition of "bet".... and then I'd have to explain what "poetic license" means... Why do this to us? It would have been so easy to make up a good bet, like someone would write a song for Al if he won the ordering contest. Or something. (Actually, the ABC song is alluded to quite cleverly in the book.) Seriously, what's the point of teaching the alphabet but teaching the wrong definition of a simple word.
I've seen reviews like the one I just wrote for other books on Amazon and always rolled my eyes at the ridiculous and far-too-serious parents who write them. I never thought I'd be one of them, but here I am... What can I say? - this issue bothered me more and more as we reread the book.