The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!

The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!

by Steve Martin, Roz Chast


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The acclaimed entertainer and bestselling author Steve Martin and the wildly clever New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast team up in a weird, wonderful excursion through the alphabet.

The ABCs have never had it so good. Created by two of today’s wittiest, most imaginative minds, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! is a sheer delight from A to Z. In twenty-six alliterative couplets, Steve Martin conjures up much more than mere apples and zebras. Instead we meet Horace the hare, whose hairdo hides hunchbacks, and Ollie the owl, who owed Owen an oboe. Roz Chast contributes the perfect visual settings for Martin’s zany two-liners. Her instantly recognizable drawings are packed with humorous touches both broad and subtle.

Each rereading—and there will be many—delivers new delights and discoveries. There, hidden behind Bad Baby Bubbleducks, is a framed picture of a beatnik holding balloons; and the letter C finds clunky Clarissa all clingy and clueless adrift in a landscape cluttered with images ranging from a curiously comfortable clown to Chuck’s Chili stand. A smart, laugh-inducing introduction to the alphabet for young children, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! will also enchant adults with its matchless mix of the sophisticated and the silly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385516624
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 538,916
Product dimensions: 10.27(w) x 8.35(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

About the Author

STEVE MARTIN is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include The Jerk, Father of the Bride, and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He is the author of the play Picasso at the Lapin Agile and of the bestselling collection of comic pieces Pure Drivel, as well as the bestselling novellas The Pleasure of My Company and Shopgirl, which was made into a popular movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and the New York Times. He lives in Los Angeles.

ROZ CHAST's cartoons have been appearing in The New Yorker since 1978. Her work also has appeared in many publications, including Scientific American, Travel & Leisure, the Harvard Business Review as well as many others. She has also published several cartoon collections, illustrated children's books, and designed CD covers, book jackets, and theater posters. Her most recent book is Theories of Everything (Bloomsbury, 2006). She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Connecticut.


Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

August 14, 1945

Place of Birth:

Waco, Texas


Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles

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The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ajterry24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5PFor preschoolers and older children (up to 2nd grade).
alliek710 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to any classroom. Makes children want to reread also because the pictures have their own stories to tell. I think kids would just love reading this book because it would make them laugh.
farfromkansas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Steve Martin¿s alphabet book, The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!, is an amusing trip through the alphabet that will probably entertainment parents more than children. Each letter of the alphabet is presented in a couplet that is jam-packed with alliteration, but therein lies the problem: there is simply too much going on with each page (especially the illustrations) for this to effectively serve the educational development of young children. Whereas age-appropriate alphabet books for children, like Louise Gardner¿s My First Alphabet Book, focus on simplicity and focus, Steve Martin¿s book favors silliness for succinctness. Older children will delight in Martin¿s zany wordplay and Chast¿s in-depth illustrations, but developing readers will most likely be too overwhelmed with sensory details to make sense of this book.Citation:Martin, Steve, and Roz Chast. The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z! New York: Flying Dolphin, 2007. Print.
SparkyNV More than 1 year ago
My two year old grandson demands this book every night. He is adept at pointing to all the absurd details that abound on every page. At first glance it's definitely not on a toddler's level, but somehow it transcends and mesmerizes. Even those of us who have memorized the book due to repetition still laugh and delight at Martin's quick wit and his way with words and the even wilder illustrations by Roz Chast. I hope there are more collaborations on the way.
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Syd More than 1 year ago
What a great new way to learn the alphabet. Very fun and up to date for kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Steve Martin lends his wit and wisdom to a new children's book. Not your mother's alphabet book, but one that's original,fresh, and creatively funny. Steve displays his writing skills in a new genre. Great book for the young and young at heart. Way to go, Steve!