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AlphaBest: The Zany, Zanier, Zaniest Book About Comparatives and Superlatives

Becker, Helaine (Author)
Whamond, Dave (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2012. 32 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781554537150 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 425
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

figurative language

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This riotous, colourful book takes the sting out of a grammar lesson. Kids will enjoy the odd, humorous and surprising adjectives they encounter in alphabetical order, against an illustrated backdrop of cartoonish adventures at a funfair.

Youth-friendly adjectives such as Jumpy and Klutzy are featured, as well as the more common Louder and Quickest. Children may observe that under U, Unique stands by itself. There is the opportunity to conjure up additional adjectives that take different forms of comparative and superlative.

Cartoon drawings, full of spirited detail, offer illustrations for the various adjectives. At the same time, they depict an ongoing chase between a bad guy and a superhero through the grounds of the fair. Young readers will enjoy following these characters’ misadventures around the Ferris wheel, through the haunted house, to food stalls offering hot dogs and cotton candy. This is a grammar book children will read over and over again.

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    Discuss the way comparatives and superlatives are formed. Look at the comparatives (adding er) and the superlatives (adding est), as well as some of the exceptions. Take note of the explanations at the back of the book.

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    Sort groups of words into categories: adjective, comparative, superlative.

  •  Come up with additional examples with the class.
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    Use the adjectives in the book to describe a character or compare different characters from another book or movie.

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    Sort groups of words from the book into the different categories: adjective, comparative, superlative.

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    Sort, compare and contrast adjectives from the book. E.g. brave and clever are qualities; angry, loud, rude and vain are not.

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    Discuss the way comparatives and superlatives are formed. Look at the comparatives (adding er) and the superlatives (adding est), as well as some of the exceptions. Take note of the explanations at the back of the book.

  • To communicate appropriately