Welcome to this post for the A to Z Challenge, whether you need to catch up on past posts, or are visiting again! My two-pronged theme is an ABC book recommendation and an installment of my ABC own story. Enjoy!-
What I love about this book is that it is full of lists. This could be because one of my current polished picture book manuscripts utilizes a similar format. Or it could just be because I love lists. Maybe both!
I didn't find anything worth sharing about the book on Youtube, but I did find an interesting video about the author.
Thinking about lists, and ABC books, and picture books, and my blog, got me off on a tangent about all of these. But you don’t have to click that link if you want to get straight to THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER.
“Welcome!” W whistled. “Welcome to my Winter Water Wonderland! We Wondered When you Would Wander onto my page.”
“We?” A asked, watching the surprisingly warm snow fall into the water.
“Wait,” W said, waving his hands, “Wonderful letter, Where are you?”
J jetted to the surface of the Water. “Jump in! the Water’s Just Wonderful.”
“Aha!” A said, “I Ascertained As much. will All please Assemble And I will now Accuse the Aberrant letter.”
But before A could continue, H came walloping onto the page. “Help! Help! L M N O and P are Hemmed in!”
A nodded, “I’ve Assessed the situation And I Assume I can sort out this Awful mess.”
But before A could continue, C’s Cat came screeching onto the page toward the Water. Just at the Water’s edge, the Cat did a three-point turn in the air and ran off the other way.
D’s Dog was not so agile. He splashed right into the Water, soaking D in the process. Luckily, the Dog knew how to doggie paddle, and he loved water. Unluckily, D didn’t like getting wet.
A started again, but was interrupted, again, by Q whose quest had led him onto the page. Q was followed by S. “Sssorry it took me Ssso long, but Ssslow and Sssteady, I Sssuposse.”
Then X, Y, and Z walked onto W’s page.
“Wow,” B said, “If this keeps up, we’ll have the whole alphabet here!”
"Wahoo!" W whooped. "that Would be a Wonderful party."
“Zounds, it’s a Zoo here.” Z said, “a Zoo of letters!”
“Yes,” Y replied, “I guess You were right.”
X just whimpered.
Z put out his hand and Y and X each gave Z a five-dollar bill.
“But I’ll get You Yet,” Y warned Z.
Z zipped up his pouch with a satisfied smirk on his face.
“I Wish you Wouldn’t gamble on my page,” W whined.
“Ahem!” A said wearily, “Attention, Attention.”
“A is about to Conclude the Case,” C whispered, her notepad in hand.
Half of the letters didn’t know what C was talking about, but everyone gathered around A anyway.
“I Accuse J of All the wrongs.”
“Confession!” C commanded.
J jittered. “Well, I was JUST BORED. I’d already eaten all my Jelly and I’d Jumped, and Jived, and there was nothing else to do on my page.”
“Sssso?” S encouraged.
“So I Jiggled out of my page and Jetted up to B’s page. I Juggled B’s Ball and A’s Apple, then Jaunted off Jouncing the ball."
“And trailing Jelly All Along.” added A.
J just stood there.
“Continue,” C said, checking her notes.
“Well, I Jousted with Q, and Jabbed S and his Snake,”
“With a Ssstick.” S rubbed his side.
“No, with K’s Key,” C said wisely.
“And Also Assaulted R’s Rainbow.” A added.
“What about my Vest?” V vetted.
“Well,” J jabbered, “I wanted to Jump Jubilantly into W’s Water. But I can’t swim without a life vest.”
“He’s Done it!”
C and D whisked J out of the Water.
“You’re under Arrest,” A announced, “Your Abhorrent Acts Afford At least A month in jail.”
“Sssorry to interrupt, A,” S said shyly, “Thiss Probably Sssoundss Sssilly, but may I Sssuggesst community Ssservisse?”
“The Very thing!”
S just smiled.
But J wriggled and wormed. “Jerk,” he said to S, wishing he wasn’t there.
A turned to J. “After helping H fix his House, repairing R’s Rainbow, And unsticking L, M, N, O, And P’s pages, you can clean up All the rest of the jelly from All the other letters’ pages.”
A paused for effect.
“And Also,” he continued. “how About picking me Another Apple?”
J felt wretched.
C and D dragged J off to begin his community service. W waved wildly as all the other letters slowly walked off toward their own pages. “Wow, What Wit.” he whispered as he watched A go.
“Did you see the way A X-rayed the situation?” X asked Y and Z as they went.
“What a Zany business.”
B patted A on the back. “Brilliant work you did Back there.”
“You sure know how to finish a Quest,” Q agreed.
“Very well done.” V complimented.
“SSSimply SSSuper!” S agreed.
“Oh, you All Are too nice. After All, I’m just An Amateur.” A replied blushing.
That's the end of this story, Readers, but stay tuned for a little backstory from X Y and Z.
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