A wonderful alphabet book showed up on our new books cart this week. Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run!: an Alphabet Caper by Mike Twohy is one of the best alphabet books I’ve seen in a while. A ball comes bouncing into Mouse’s hole, waking him up. When the dog comes looking for it, chaos ensues!
Rather than the standard A is for Apple, the book uses one word per page (for most pages) to tell a story, each word representing what’s going on in the illustrations. There’s a tremendous amount of action going on in the story, and leaves the door open for lots of adult/child interactions as you talk about the pictures. Great vocabulary is introduced, making even more opportunity for discussion.
I plan to use this book in storytime this session, and am deciding what kind of interactions I want to incorporate. Handing out letters and having kids bring them up when they are introduced? Finding the letter on our storytime rug? Acting out the book as a group? So many possibilities!