Al Pha’s Bet

Why are the letters of the alphabet in the order they are? It’s all because a guy named Al made a bet that he could order them best.

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by Delphine Durand

What a delightful, fun book. This book is about a contest to put all the letters of the alphabet in order. The main character Al Pha lets the reader know his reasoning for putting the letters in the order that they are.

Review by Kelli Handy, Vista Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades K-2

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Al Pha’s Bet
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Illustrated by Delphine Durand
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
32 pages
Release Date: May 12, 2011
ISBN: 9780399246012

From the Publisher

Wonderful things are being invented every day in Al Pha’s world– fire, the wheel, even shadows! His big chance to be part of history comes when the King announces that the twenty-six recently invented letters need to be put in order. Al makes a bet with himself that he’s the man for the job. Through a series of funny events, he eventually finds the perfect order for the letters, and the king rewards him by naming his creation the “Alphabet.”

Sure to entertain and engage young readers, this book turns the ABCs 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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