Take Away the A
PUBLICATION DECEMBER 2015
A word totally transforms if you take away just one letter âe" without the A, the beast is best. Without the W, the witch has an itch! This is an alphabet book like no other. An irreverant exploration not only of letters in their alphabetic order, but also of how they form words and communicate ideas. Packed with humour and wordplay, the author and illustrator effortlessly play off each other to enhance humour and meaning. Children will not be able to resist inventing imaginative examples of their own.
Discover what happens when each letter of the alphabet is taken OUT in this alphabeast of a book!
"All alphabet books require mastery of the letters in order to read them, but this one manages that paradox with genius." The New York Times Book Review "Beyond the inherent fun of the concept (which has plenty of potential for classroom activities), every scene tells a story - it's practically 26 books in one." STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly "Amid the flood of alphabet books, now and then one rises to the surface. This one is a prize catch." STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews "A playful celebration of language not as a dry, mathematical exercise in letter-organisation but as a living organism, in which letters make meaning through a vast mesh of metaphorical associations driven by the imagination - the very faculty that is the hallmark of children's minds." -- Maria Popova Brain Pickings "Very funny and quirkily illustrated." The Huffington Post UK
Michael Escoffier (Author) Michael was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceeratops, he discovered his passion for making up stories at a young age. Michael has written over fifty books and divides his time between writing, teaching and being a dad. He lives in Lyon, France, with his wife and two children.Kris Di Giacomo (Illustrator) Kris Di Giacomo is an American who has lived in Paris since childhood. She has illustrated over 25 picture books. A fluent French and English speaker, Di Giacomo considers pictures her third language and her most universal means of communication. The language gap is a theme Di Giacomo explores with Michael Escoffier in Take Away The A. Kris divides her time between working on new books and meeting her readers at schools and book fairs throughout France.