Chances Are, by Susan Bangert-Wood, with illustrations by Jack Foster, is a fun rhyming alphabet book. It’s a new take on the traditional “A is for Apple” alphabet book. Chances Are gives children colorful and comical critters to expand their alphabet study in a creative, “nonsensical” way.
The book is entertaining and enjoyable. It practically dances with silliness. Children will appreciate this rhyming read as much as teachers and parents will. Crazy questions will delight and amuse. Here’s my favorite paired example:
Can an Iguana
chew on gum
then blow a
Would a Jaguar
write a ticket
if he dressed up
like a cop?
The wild word rhymes are illustrated in a whimsical way by Jack Foster. He has the right amount of goofiness in these illustrations to appeal to young readers. They will hang on every humorous page and be wiggling and giggling before they finish the book.
Chances Are gives teachers and parents plenty to talk about for children learning the alphabet and beginning readers, too. Susan Bangert-Wood has thoughtfully provided supplementary resource materials: An Alphabetizing Activity, Scrambled Words, Word Bingo, A Crossword Puzzle, A Hidden Word Puzzle, and more. These should keep kids busily engaged in lively learning activities.
Available from www.guardianangelpublishing.com/chances-are.htm