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Wacky wedding : a book of alphabet antics
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
An alphabetical ant wedding, attended by the other animals, is beset by various disasters.
Reading Level:
AD 460 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 42388.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.2 1 Quiz: 21980 Guided reading level: NR.
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The wedding of the quite content queen ant and her faithful flying ant fellow is about to begin! Unfortunately, one disaster after another is in store for the passionate pair. First, a foolish fly lets some fruit fall on the groom's head. He insists the ceremony must not cease, so, spattered in purple, the nice nuptials continue. When oatmeal cookies and orangeade are offered to all, it seems as though the day will end perfectly... until the bride has a little mishap herself. "A terrible tragedy is taking place," cry the tearful treehoppers, trembling on a twig. Will the queen--and the day--be saved and the adoring ants allowed to live happily ever after? Pamela Duncan Edwards and illustrator Henry Cole (of Livingstone Mouse and Honk!) have created a hilarious alliterative alphabet book that goes well beyond the standard ABCs. Readers of all ages will be in stitches at the ants' antics. Younger picture-book aesthetes will love the challenge of finding the hidden letter and object on each page. Lush, larger-than-life illustrations of jungle-like grasses and leaves, and the giant yet subtle soda-pop can that provides orangeade drops, remind readers of the complex and complete world that usually goes unnoticed at their feet. (Ages 4 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

Author Notes

Pamela Duncan Edwards was born in England. She became a school librarian when she moved to the United States with her husband and children. She eventually started writing children's books. Her works include Livingstone Mouse; Roar! A Noisy Counting Book; The Worrywarts; Clara Caterpillar; Wake-Up Kisses; Dear Tooth Fairy; McGillycuddy Could!; and The Neat Line.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. An alliterative ant wedding sets the scene for this festive, funny alphabet book. On what should be a joyous day, disaster reigns: the cake is dropped (though reerected by earthworms); the groom is felled by a blackberry dropped by a careless fruit fly; and the bride falls into a puddle, resulting in a rescue attempt of Titanic proportions. This book is lots of fun to read aloud, with tongue-tickling alliteration and absurdly humorous scenarios. Cole's illustrations are delightful, lushly detailed and hued, portraying an array of bugs in witty human poses and situations. Though similar visually and structurally to the popular Miss Spider's ABC (1998), this book features more complex sentences, vocabulary, and story line, and the alliteration effectively familiarizes young ones with each letter's distinguishing sounds. For those who like visual puzzles, letters are hidden within each illustration, though some are frustratingly difficult to find. Overall, a nice classroom alphabet alternative, both fun and challenging. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Publisher's Weekly Review

A queen ant and her winged groom head for the altar in this buggyÄthough not particularly wackyÄalphabet. The nuptials take place on the verdant and damp forest floor, the bride and groom thronged by a peaceable kingdom of butterflies, bees, birds and a mole. Alliterative sentences convey the plot; for the letter L, "a ladybug laughed. `They've loved each other since they were larvae.' " The wedding is not without incident, for the bride falls into a puddle at the letter Q: " `Quick!' squealed the quails. `Quiet down! Quit quivering and quaking and help the Queen.' " Fortunately, the letter-V velvet ant effects a rescue, and at the end of the alphabet and the eventful day, "Zebra swallowtails on their zithers strummed a lazy tune... as drowsily the ants zigzagged home." The team behind Dinorella makes a lively game of the volume. Edwards shows how a key letter may appear at the start of or within a word; Cole hides the specified letter, and an object beginning with that letter, in each image. Unfortunately, there is no key to the visual puzzles, which sometimes prove obscure due to the complex details. Attendance at this event isn't mandatory, but a good time may be had. Ages 4-7. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3An alphabet tale of an elaborate ant wedding. As the guests, who range from army ants to zebra swallowtails, arrive and the festivities proceed, elegance soon gives way to slapstick. The wedding cake is dropped, the groom is knocked down by falling fruit, and the bride falls into a puddle and almost drowns. All ends happily as fireflies light up the night sky. The story line is lively and sometimes silly with lots of madcap antics and rich alliteration, such as Tearful treehoppers trembled on a twig. One particularly memorable line notes that the bride and groom have loved each other since they were larvae. The zestful, colorful, and dynamic artwork, done with colored pencil and acrylic, captures the spirit of the story. The pictures will catapult readers into an insects-eye view of the world, even if some of these bugs have rather unorthodox appearances (fire ants in firefighter outfits and army ants in camouflage). A letter is hidden in each illustration. Unfortunately, some of the text is difficult to read when it is printed on a dark-green background. Still, future entomologists with a sense of humor and lively imagination will want to join this zany celebration.Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.