P Is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar

P Is for Pterodactyl

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TitleP Is for Pterodactyl
Release DateNov 1st, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Jabberwocky
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor, Nonfiction

Reviews P Is for Pterodactyl

  • Jane
    P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever truly is the worst alphabet book ever. ;-)Each page in this cute little volume displays a letter of the alphabet and highlights ways in which the letter does not seem to follow the rules. Sometimes this means highlighting its use as a silent letter... ...and other times it means showing how that letter is not actually used where you might expect it to be. I mostly prefer the pages that deal with ...
  • Lisa Vegan
    Recommended only for independent school aged readers, definitely not preschoolers. This book is not much fun as a read aloud unless kids SEE the pages and at least know their alphabet/phonics and preferably have the vocabulary to know the meanings of many of the words, and there is some advanced vocabulary/esoteric words than only older kids or even adults will know. Particularly recommended for children and adults puzzled and/or amused by the va...
  • Chance Lee
    This book about English being confusing and inconsistent is, itself, confusing and inconsistent. "S is for Seas" because "seas" sounds like the letter C, I guess, but what other sound is "s" supposed to make in a book about words "nearly impossible to pronounce"? The page also has the word "Arkansas," which fits the theme, but to make the page about the sea is a weird choice.
  • Margaux
    Perfect for the girl with the silent "x" at the end of her name.
  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    My grandchildren love alphabet books, and dinosaurs, so I though this would be right up their alley. Well there was only one dinosaur, but this was an incredibly silly book and my grandson loved it. It poked fun at the way the English language does not follow rules, especially all the silent letters in the language. It's written quite sarcastically and would probably be appreciated by older children who struggle with pronunciations and spelling a...
  • Molly
    This is a *delightful* alphabet book that uses some unusual examples for its letters - but the illustrations are great and it also provides a great glossary in the back for kiddos (and adults) who want more context for the neat words they encounter inside.
  • Juliana
    I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is incredibly silly and I loved every page. It's a clever alphabet book that gives the reader a word that has a silent letter either at the beginning, middle, or end. It's written quite sarcastically and it's a good book to gift someone who's tired of getting the same old alphabet book. I can see younger children getting a kick out of some of the pages, especially ...
  • Becky B
    An alphabet book that pokes fun at words that use letters in unconventional ways for English.I thought that this book might be a great tool for our ESL teachers, but upon reading it I was disappointed. First of all, the words chosen for each of the letters are not even. They aren’t all letters that make an unusual sound or are silent. (I think the most ridiculous page was the Q page featuring a bunch of words that have the Q making a hard K sou...
  • Becky
    First sentence: A is for Aisle. The bread aisle has not been cleaned in aeons, and nine tiny beasts meet to have a feast.Premise/plot: This book is not your traditional alphabet book. It is choosing to highlight words that "misbehave" in one way or another. Usually misbehaving words start with silent letters or break phonic rules in some way. Some letters are trickier to find examples for than others. Some choices make total sense--others not so ...
  • Lauren
    Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.I requested this book from NetGalley because I have a three year old who is super into words and grammar, and this looked like a fun and out of the ordinary alphabet book. "P is for Pterodactyl" goes through the alphabet highlighting words where the letters break the rules (lots of unexpected silent letters and such). The art is fun to look at and I enjoyed seeing a book that has fun with the ridiculousness of...
  • SaraKat
    I thought this was a really cute idea, but the execution left something to be desired. The problem is that there aren't words for some of the letters and the authors had to reach a bit. Several foreign words were used (Djibouti comes to mind), but the author emphasizes that "English" is a funny language. Oui is used as an example of how an "O" at the beginning of the word in English usually has a "W" sound. ??? The art was cute. But I'm not reall...
  • Alyse Stolz
    I want to say I bought this for my friend’s daughter but I am ridiculously selfish, and bought it for my friend’s daughter will full intention of reading it first. And boy do I love this book! So satisfying. English. What a goofy language.
  • Ashley Holstrom
    So much fun!
  • Mary
    A lively alphabet book with clever and humorous wordplay that older readers will appreciate. A useful book to supplement spelling units.
  • Jeimy
    Before I moved I had a collection of quirky alphabet books, but this one takes the cake!
  • Angelina
    This book makes my heart happy. I knew a lot of the words, but there were some I had mispronounced for years because I never looked them up and didn't realize they had random silent letters.
  • Amanda
    As soon as I read the title of this one to my spelling-impared boyfriend, he insisted on looking at it with me. Every few pages he would mutter, "These authors are dicks," under his breath. I can think of no higher compliment for this book.I received a digital ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss+.
  • Melanie Dulaney
    As an adult who cannot stand the fact that so many words in the English language do not follow the so-called rules, I chuckled throughout the reading of this book. But I am not sure who the target audience is. Children will be drawn to the brightly-colored, cartoon-like illustrations by Maria Beddia (no information on art medium could be found in publisher info nor with a fairly lengthy Internet search), but the sentences on each alphabet page ar...
  • Hobart
    One of the first books printed in the American colonies was The New England Primer, filled with catchy lines like "In Adam's Fall / We Sinned All." Since that time, many alphabet-type books have been published in the same -- or similar -- vein. One of the latest is P Is for Pterodactyl, which carries the subtitle, The Worst Alphabet Book Ever which doesn't seem that complimentary, but when it includes lines like: " is for Jai Alai. or " is for Ew...
  • Ben Truong
    P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever is a children's picture book written by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter and illustrated by Maria Beddia. It is an alphabet book that uses unusual words to represent the letter in question with comical illustrations.The text is rather simplistic and straightforward. The narrative uses phrases to demonstrate each letter by using unusual words. There are many rules to English with just as many except...
  • Beatrice Fox
    This book wants to be a a Graham Base type book like Animalia. The big problem with that is that Graeham Base is an amazing Illustrator...and this illustrator is absolutely terrible. Looks like someone in grade school did the art. Actually I've seen grade school kids draw better than this. It is THE thing that would have made this good. The premise is clever. SHowing words with silent letters at the beginning...although it doesn't always work. So...
  • Ben Ostrowsky
    A lot of fun, once you realize that the theme is NOT "silent letters" (even though the book talks about silent letters a few times) but "letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce". For example: "J is for Jai Alai". Absolutely not silent, but doesn't sound the way you'd think (unless, like me, you grew up in Miami not terribly far from a jai-alai fronton)."V is for Five"? Uh... we've left the world of tricky pronunciatio...
  • Rachel
    An advert on Goodreads for this book piqued my interest, and I have been patiently waiting for it to come from another library in our system (we definitely need more than one copy for multiple libraries!). It was well worth the wait. This is one of the funniest and silliest alphabet books I have ever read. I learned that the author is a rapper, and the rhyming in the book was a good indication of that. The Worst Glossary in the World taught me a ...
  • Renee
    Thank you Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for the review eARC of this book! My oldest, who is a strong reader, and with whom I have had many “English is weird” conversations, really enjoyed this book. I think it’s great for older kids who are becoming more familiar with lots of vocabulary. There is a glossary in the back which provides more background on the unusual pronunciations in the book, I do wish more of that information had been incorporate...
  • Amanda
    This was the best (worst) alphabet book ever! It goes through lots of examples of silent beginning letters and even some middle and end ones too. I really liked the glossary with additional info and pronunciation help. I was only confused by Yves (although I think it's 'Eves'). There was an audiobook mentioned on the back cover which we also listened to which included all of the glossary info along with each page.
  • Paul Black
    Fun book with great illustrations. For anyone learning to read (English), this might ease some of the frustration. Many letters do not silently start words, like P in pterodactyl, but Haldar and Carpenter use good examples anyway. For instance, "N is not for Knot. N is for naughty children who will sing a solemn hymn when autumn comes to an end." Notice that N is silent in "solemn", "hymn", and "autumn"!
  • Teresa Edmunds
    Haldar has a fun idea here: showcase the crazy English language as an alphabet book. Every letter is represented, but some are better than others. 'M' for example is wonderful: mnemonic. What a fun and messed up word! Other letters do not have a word. They get an example of what they aren't: "'R' is not for 'Are'. There are several of these and it is a bit disappointing. Overall, the reader will get a few laughs, but it could have been better.
  • Tom Franklin
    An excellent counter to the glut of alphabet-centric books on the market. Sadly, it will be over the heads of many younger kids as the words are uncommon ones to those with a limited vocabulary. Offset kids might get a kick out of it, though.I'm not completely sold on the illustrations. I like the details added, but I'm not sure the illustrator's style works with the text.This is a book I wish I'd thought of and written.
  • Michele
    I would like to thank Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for my e-copy.This is truly the "worst alphabet book ever" but it is also the most delightful one too. The book discusses words in the English language that are not spelled as they might sound. Most of these words begin with a letter that is silent when pronounced (i.e. pterodactyl). Very unique book. It includes a pronunciation guide at the back of the book which might come in handy.
  • Kate
    This book was fabulous fun! It is definitely not an alphabet book for the young child, but would be perfect for school age and older. Adults who like words and silliness will enjoy this, too!The glossary in the back is great - it has a pronunciation guide and definitions of the words. It was helpful to me and I know a lot of kids who read it will want to know a little more about some of the words.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ad...