A is for Salad

A is for Salad

by Mike Lester


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A is for what? A is for salad, and B is for Viking. Welcome to the wacky world of Mike Lester, where nothing is as it seems. Is A really for salad, or is it for the alligator eating a bowl of mixed greens? And maybe B is for the beaver wearing a Viking helmet. You'll have to look twice to figure out what each letter really stands for in this irreverent alphabet book. Learning your ABCs has never been so much F-U-N.

Mike Lester “turns the alphabet picture book on its hoary head . . . the book is hilarious, right down to its view of X and Y: 'not important. Never use them'." US News and World Report

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698119260
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 476,614
Product dimensions: 6.81(w) x 10.13(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Mike Lester is an illustrator and political cartoonist who often has cartoons in publications like Time magazine. The books he has illustrated for Random House include A Is for Salad, Cool Daddy Rat, and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. He lives in Rome, Georgia.

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Is For Salad (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, the book is good, but I had a hard time even paying attention to the words thanks to these illustrations. They are very intricate woodcuts, and very, very colorful. They are just.....delightful. I get all tingly just looking at them. The wording and concept of this book also happen to be quite good as well. The book is a simple idea that's been done a million times, with a twist. It's an alphabet book, with an animal for each letter. The twist is the animals are not only doing some strange things, but the sentence says what they're doing not the name od the animal. It's hard to explain, but it's quite brilliant. For instance, underneath the letter D, there is a Duck watching t.v. You'd think D is for Duck, but the sentence says "D is for remote control...isn't it?" It's actually very funny. Would kids get it? I'm not sure, I guess it would depend on how old they are. I really got a kick out of it though...
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an alphabet book. I think it might be a little confusing for children though because of the fact that it doesn't always give you the name of the animal that the letter is for.
Kcarline143 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An alphabet book with a new twist. For example: E is for pajamas...in the picture shows an elephant wearing pajamas.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a HILARIOUS little book for kids who already know the tired old, tried-and-true routine of A is for alligator, B is for bird, C is for cat, D is for dog. (Actually, in this book B is for a VIKING who also happens to be a beaver, but that's beside the point.)Each letter shows the actual correct animal demonstrating the wrong noun. My favorites have to be "I can't figure out what Q is for, can you?" when the picture shows several signs pointing "Look, it's a quail!" and "X and Y are not important letters. Never use them" with a xylophone and a yo-yo poking out of a garbage truck. Though T is for Polka-dotted Underpants is sure to get a laugh from kids who know not to talk about underpants!I adore this book muchly, and for the younger or more literal children there's a neat appendix explaining what all the letters (excepting X and Y, oddly) REALLY stand for.
megmcg624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Do you or your young readers every get tired of alphabet animal books where z is always for zebra? In Mike Lester's twist, the right animals appear, but the text refers to something the animals are wearing or doing in the illustration. "M is for cowboy boots", which the moose is wearing. Kids who have the hang of the alphabet will crack up over correcting the book by properly identifying the animals. The illustrations add to the hilarity; a grumpy lion with a hair dryer is particularly funny. This would make a great read aloud for a group of second graders.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My nine and five year olds LOVE this book! They enjoy the wackiness, and my little one picked up on the relationship between what was written and the pictures right away. One of their favorite pages shows a picture of a couch-potato mallard and says 'D is for Remote Control'......Very fun!